A George Floyd mural in Ohio has collapsed with the cause of destruction currently unknown.
The mural had been painted on the side of a building's brick wall in the city of Toledo last year by artist David Ross but it was found destroyed and in a heap of rubble on Tuesday with everything from vandalism to lightning being blamed as the possible culprits.
Ross titled his mural: "Take a Breath," shortly after Floyd was murdered by former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is now serving twenty-two and a half years in prison for his crime.
The rest of the building where the mural was hosted has not been damaged.
The George Floyd mural on the side of this building at Summit and Lagrange has collapsed. No word yet on what may have caused the collapse. pic.twitter.com/2WxOSpwicc
— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) July 13, 2021
One possible reasoning for the damage is to the mural is a potential lightning strike.
Doppler weather radar used by 13abc detected a lightning strike on the same block of the mural's location at the same time.
As per WTOL, one witness is even said to have seen the mural wall collapse. They reportedly told the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department that they saw lightning strike the building.
However, the theory of lightning striking the building has been questioned after city building inspector Hugh Koogan told The Blade that it appeared that the wall crumbled due to natural deterioration.
Revealing that the city had recently noticed that the middle of the wall was bowing, Koogan said: "It was just age. It just came away. It happens to the older buildings."
Ross told the Blade he was suspicious about how the damage to the building was caused.
"When I did the mural, there was stuff on the wall that I couldn't remove and that let me know how strong that structure was," Ross said. "The lightning thing, that's possible, but I know it didn't just fall."
Fortunately, regardless of how the damage was caused, Ross plans to re-do the mural.
In a statement to CNN, Toledo Mayor, Wade Kapszukiewicz also confirmed that the mural would be replaced.
"We will work with the Arts Commission and the artist to make sure that a new mural can replace the old, so that the message at the core of this artwork can be heard," he said.