The mural of a hippie named Beardy McGreen on a building south of downtown had shown passers-by the two-fingered peace sign since 2006. Now it and the building are both gone, victims of a clerical error...
Business owner Scott Rinaberger heard about it and remembered Beardy. He wanted the mural for his new School of Rock music education location in Kirkwood. Rinaberger contacted the demolition company to see if the mural was still there. His request appeared to go nowhere, so he drove down to the site before a Rams football game and saw the empty space where the building once stood.
“You killed Beardy,” Rinaberger remembered saying.
But there, he saw a pile of rubble. And in it was Beardy McGreen.
“We were able to salvage most of him,” Rinaberger said. Now, the bearded peace-lover takes up most of a wall in the school’s main performance studio.
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