Folks driving into downtown Birmingham this morning through Red Mountain may have noticed that a piece of positive vandalism that had greeted them for the last three months was no longer there.
The reason for its early departure is somewhat ironic.
The You Are Beautiful sign that first appeared on the Highland Avenue Bridge in October (one of several that have appeared throughout the city in recent weeks) was itself tagged during the overnight hours of December 23 with profanity. The sign was supposed to be painted over but not until after the holidays according to the conversation ALDOT’s Brian Davis had with Fox 6 last week.
The unplanned planned removal didn’t come without some collateral damage. The Birmingham News reported that a vehicle crashed into a police cruiser as it attempted to block a lane of traffic to allow crews to do the painting.
Photo: You Are Beautiful, Birmingham. acnatta/Flickr