Artist scraps plans for Thunberg mural after boycott threats

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(AP) — A North Dakota artist has scrapped his plan to erect a mural honoring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on the exterior wall of a Bismarck bakery because the business received boycott threats.

Shane Balkowitsch had planned to put a 7-foot-tall mural of Thunberg on the exterior wall of a bakery. Balkowitsch took the photo of the teenage climate activist when she visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in October.

Balkowitsch says he saw the planned mural as a celebration of art, not a dig at oil or coal companies in North Dakota. But after threats of boycotts and possible vandalism, Balkowitsch says he pulled his application with the city.

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