Artist paints over Sandusky in State College mural
November 9, 2011 5:15 PM
Michael Pilato, 43, paints over the part of his mural that shows Jerry Sandusky.
The mural from which artist Michael Pilato removed the image of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Sue Webster, left, of Phillipsburg, and Emily Wilkins, of State College, with her daughter, Edie, protest on College Avenue.
Artist Michael Pilato removing the image of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from a mural in State College.
By Michael Sanserino Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- About 30 people gathered downtown today to watch an artist paint over the face of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in a mural.
State College artist Michael Pilato, 43, started the mural, called "inspiration" about 11 years ago and updates it annually by adding people who inspire him. He added Sandusky for his work with The Second Mile and his impact on Penn State football. He has never taken a person off of the mural, which includes hundreds of people and stretches the length of a building.
Sandusky was accused in a grant jury presentment last week of multiple counts of sexually abusing children.
"It's really tough," Pilato said.
He wanted to wait for the legal process to run its course before making a decision with the mural but was prompted to remove the mural after he received an email from an alleged victim's mother.
The mural now depicts an empty chair with a blue ribbon on it to remember victims of child abuse.
Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier are also depicted on the mural, but Pilato said he would wait for legal proceedings before deciding their mural fate.