The rise and fall of Peoria’s Cookie Monster | Boing Boing

Peoria artist Joshua Hawkins was commissioned to paint a mural in Peoria, Illinois. The work had to be completed over Thanksgiving weekend, and he would be well paid. The requested art was of Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, holding a cookie with the caption “Peace, Land, and Cookies” in Russian. So Hawkins did the work, on a building owned by Nate Comte.
Nate Comte, the owner of a commercial building at 1301 NE Adams in Peoria, Illinois, was none too pleased to show up there soon after Thanksgiving to find a giant Cookie Monster mural on the side of the place, stretching about 30 feet long and 16 feet high. He called up local artist Joshua Hawkins, who had, with the help of some buddies, painted the mural over the holiday weekend.”Are you the one that painted my f*ckin’ building?” he demanded to understand, in Hawkins’s recollection. (Comte had gotten the artist’s ……

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