The flowers are blooming again on the freeway columns near Third Street in downtown San Rafael, thanks to a mother-daughter team.
Every weekend for the last five weeks, San Rafael residents Jackie Datnow and her daughter Lilly, 14, have been restoring the paintings of bright yellow sunflowers against a deep blue background on the pillars beneath Highway 101. The artwork was hit with red spray paint in August.
“We really enjoy doing it. Painting is fun,” said Jackie Datnow. She estimated that the two of them have spent around 25 hours and $200 on paint to bring the murals back to their former appearance.
The two were driving down the street in mid-August when Lilly spotted the vandalism.
“I pointed out to my mom that it had some graffiti,” Lilly said. “It was like, ‘Oh, look, there’s a problem. We should fix it.’ And we did.”
“This is a very important mural to the community,” Jackie Datnow said.
There are four or five columns on both sides of Third Street, adorned with sunflowers, insects and turtles against a blue background. After the pair got rid of the graffiti, t... http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20160919/san-rafael-mother-daughter-team-restore-landmark-sunflower-mural