PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state has painted over a mural on Interstate 95 by a renowned children’s author and illustrator after it was repeatedly defaced.

The Department of Transportation tells The Providence Journal ( ) it painted over the mural designed by David Macaulay on July 8. Spokesman Charles St. Martin says the mural was “beyond saving” and had become a blight.

The mural was painted in 2013 on a stretch of I-95 not far from the state offices in Providence, and depicted statues of notable people in Rhode Island history.

It was defaced for the first time within a matter of weeks, the first of many times. The DOT kept getting it cleaned each time.

Macaulay, who has won a Caldecott Medal and MacArthur Fellowship, says he’s disappointed but not surprised.

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