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Artwork honouring veterans along Highway 102 painted over (5 photos)

If you've driven on Highway 102 in the last 4 months, you've likely seen some artwork on the rock face near the airport

If you've driven on Highway 102 in the last 4 months, you've likely seen some artwork on the rock face along the inbound lanes near the airport.

The various pieces include the Canadian flag and several images representing military symbols, RCMP, volunteer firefighters and the Red Cross painted on the Canadian maple leaf.

Those murals have now been covered over with white paint.

A man named Colin called into NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show to take credit for the artwork, and said he's disappointed they've been removed.

"I painted them on the rock walls to make a statement that we should honour our veterans and they should not be forgotten," he said.

"I put it there for them and somebody took it away."

Colin said he painted them in June along the 102 -- also known as the Veteran's Memorial Highway -- to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.

"I wanted people to enjoy them, to reflect the past and the effort by the military and other individuals," he said. 

"I drove by there Wednesday morning and they were painted over."

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Lloyd Hines, said he's not aware of this specific situation, but it's likely his department removed the murals.

"We are charged with public safety and we are very diligent about the right-of-ways in the province that we have control over," he explained. "Our field staff are constantly monitoring for any kinds of distractions that might cause accidents."

Hines said the paintings would be removed whether or not there was a complaint, but if one was filed, that might speed up the process.

He added any advertisements, murals or graffiti that pop up without a permit are removed by staff.

"We rigorously manage that in the busy rights-of-way."

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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