Many Wonder Who is Behind the Lake Wichita Spillway Painting

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX) -- If you're taking a stroll out at Lake Wichita, you might come across a sight that is a little out of the ordinary.

The painting on the spillway has lake goers interested, many wanting to know who is the talented artist behind the large white crane or egret.

Qudus Sanni visits Lake Wichita frequently, he's used to seeing wildlife out here-- but he recently witnessed an unusual bird at the lake.

"I thought it was a real bird when i came here at first," Sanni said. "And then I gave it a closer look and realized it was a painting." He says the painting is so well done, it caused him to do a double take.

The paintbrush that made it all happen, still showing signs of blue paint can still be found at the spillway, on the ground just below the giant bird. One that is sure to be here on Sanni's next trip to the lake, that is, unless city leaders make this crane take flight for good.

"I think they should keep it," Sanni said.

While some lake goers are impressed by the artistic graffiti, it has a few city officials wondering who did it, as it is an offense to paint something like this without the owner's consent. In this case, the property is owned by the city.

According to Texas code, depending on the damages resulting from vandalism, an offense can range anywhere from a misdemeanor to even a state jail felony.

Ryann Guthrie says she couldn't miss the painting when she was at the lake and feels the crane adds something special.

"It's noticeable because it's pretty good artwork," Guthrie said. "It's a pretty piece of art and it's somebody's representation."

Visitor William Heyen says he hopes the bird doesn't encourage others to cover this area with graffiti.

"When I first saw it, my thought was I liked it because it wasn't ugly graffiti. But I wouldn't want to see too much of it around here because then it might get a little cluttered and it can take away from the scenic view," Heyen said.

And while quite a few people who frequent the trail think this latest addition to the spillway adds to the view, every one is still left wondering who made it happen.

According to the Lake Wichita Committee Facebook page, members hope to hire an artist to expand on work like this in support of Lake Wichita. As for the painting on the spillway, it is unknown if or when it will be removed.  

 

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