What happened to the Joe Strummer mural?

Niagara’s colorful tribute to the punk legend is gone—but not for good.

 Joe Strummer mural outside Niagara Bar

Joe Strummer mural outside Niagara Bar Photograph: Virginia Rollison

A little bit of punk went out of the East Village this past weekend. The iconic neon mural of the Clash frontman Joe Strummer on the corner of East 7th Street and Avenue A, which has held court over neighboring Tompkins Square Park since 2003, has been removed. The fluorescent homage, created by graffiti artists Zephyr and Dr. Revolt in response to Strummer's 2002 death, was blasted off the outer wall of rock bar Niagara in order for repairs to be made to the wall itself. But no need to worry, Clash fans: According to a tweet from Niagara’s Jesse Malin, the beloved mural will make a comeback “in a few weeks, Rastas!” We’ll miss ya in the meantime, Joe.

(h/t EV Grieve)

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