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Garcetti saves the day: Foster the People mural to stay

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The people have rallied for the band Foster the People: Their mural in downtown Los Angeles will stay after a brief scare last week.

Foster the People generated local buzz in January when it put on a live show in front of its commissioned mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street. It also serves as cover art on its latest album "Supermodel." 

But when the LA Times reported Friday that the artwork would have to come down (referencing city regulations that say murals cannot be advertisements), one avid fan started a petition. Fast-forward three days, the petition has over 12,000 signatures and this happened: 

Tweet: Garcetti saves the day

Tweet: Foster the People thanks the people

Tweet: Foster the People stand up for Garcetti

Last week, the state of the mural looked bleak. Foster the People's Mark Foster said in a statement Friday:

“Our Supermodel mural must come down by July 14th. This news has come as a surprise and disappointment to me and everyone else that collaborated on making this project happen. This mural was our contribution to the city of Los Angeles - our kiss of color to the city we love. The permits that we were told were approved, have retroactively been denied due to a number of issues involving the building and the city.”

Monday, Foster the People is celebrating its stroke of luck with a meet-and-greet at the mural from noon to 4 p.m. 

Tweet: Meet Foster the People

Can't make it? Enjoy a virtual tour: 

Video: The mural

Should the mural stay? Share your thoughts in comments.