Ocean Life Mural to be Removed

The mural was painted more than two decades ago at a car dealership on Morena Boulevard

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    A mural of a whale and other sea creatures is set to be removed from the wall it was painted on more than 20 years ago.

    The mural depicting San Diego sea life currently covers a large wall at City Chevrolet on Morena Boulevard. It was painted two decades ago by a group of local artists, including muralist Kevin Immel.

    The muralists even collaborated with Scripps Institute of Oceanography to ensure the painting accurately represented sea life.

    Now, the art piece is set to be removed because General Motors plans on remodeling all of their dealerships to look the same.

    The dealership has no comment on the mural but did tell NBC 7 San Diego that the decision to replace it comes from their corporate office. There is no word on exactly when the mural will be removed.

    Immel, one of the original artists behind the mural, said he is sad to see it go.

    “Things come and go and fade. I was saddened by it but at the same time I understand how things go in corporate America,” said Immel.

    Immel has painted several murals throughout San Diego. He said the removal of the whale wall art marks an end to the mural era that was popular decades ago.

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