West Asheville residents are debating the artistic merits of a new mural being painted on the side of Orbit DVD. A comment thread on a popular Facebook page for West Asheville residents has nearly 500 comments, with posters arguing over whether or not the mural objectifies women.
Artist Austin Mikulka was hard at work on his mural Tuesday morning. He said his plan from the start was to simply paint a female form to fit the space he was working with. He said he was aware of the uproar, but that his idea from the start was to show a woman watching TV. Mikulka has painted wall murals on Altamont Brewing and Asheville Fungi.
Marc McCloud, owner of Orbit DVD, said he commissioned Mikulka to paint the mural spruce up the building. He said he doesn’t have a problem with the depiction of the woman, crouched on all fours and eyeing a television with a sloth atop it.
So what do you think?