As previously noted, people had been tagging the motorcycle mural by David Flores, the last commissioned art for the space.
This prompted Jessica Goldman Srebnick, co-chair of Goldman Properties and curator of this wall, to issue a statement on Instagram in late May:
The creative process is an utter joy to watch. Filling a fire extinguisher with paint and spraying to destroy a work of art is not talent. It is sad and not only ruins the opportunity for countless artists, it ruins the opportunity for a neighborhood to live with glorious world-class art. The Houston Bowery wall could be just another advertising wall, but we’d prefer it to be a powerful beacon of the best of a movement.For now, we don’t wish to wipe away what’s been done, we are simply taking a break...
Since then, the motorcycle has been covered with layers of new tags.