Cecil the Lion Gets a Memorial Mural in Little Italy
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Photo: Karlin Chan
While not a Lower East Side resident, Cecil the Lion nevertheless gets the memorial mural treatment. Artist J. Morello painted this lion king on the enormous gate of 142 Mulberry Street in Little Italy (formerly the Super Five Gift Shop). The orange-filtered piece was commissioned last week as part of the first annual LoMan Art Festival, and carries the simple two-word inscription, “For Cecil.”
Cecil was a thirteen-year-old African Lion from Zimbabwe, who was a “major attraction” at the Hwange National Park. He was mercilessly murdered by a big-game hunter (and dentist) Walter Palmer in early July. First with an arrow, then 40 hours later, with a rifle.