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Vandal painting beautiful animal portraits in Texas city tunnel; city totally cool with it

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 1/28/2017 John Boyd, Houston Chronicle

A serial graffiti artist has struck four times in the Dallas suburb of Keller, Texas, but citizens and city officials are far from mad. Keller is raving about the series of animal portraits painted under its Bear Creek Parkway Bridge by an unknown artist.

A serial graffiti artist has struck four times in the Dallas suburb of Keller, Texas, but citizens and city officials are far from mad. Keller is raving about the series of animal portraits painted under its Bear Creek Parkway Bridge by an unknown artist.
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A serial graffiti artist has struck four times in the Dallas suburb of Keller, Texas, but citizens and city officials are far from mad.

Keller is raving about the series of animal portraits painted under its Bear Creek Parkway Bridge by an unknown artist.

The first painting, a portrait of a doe mid-scamper,  appeared January 1.

"This little doe is in the tunnel under Bear Creek Parkway here in Town Center. Parks Manager Gary Davis says he doesn't have the heart to paint over it, so the doe gets to stay!" the city posted on its Facebook page, with an offer to the artist to paint a mural.

The vandal responded less than a week later with another painting of an armadillo, then a few days later of a bird and finally on Jan. 26 of a snapping turtle.

The city is asking the artist to come forward, and has offered to prep the tunnel walls for any future visits by the artist.

For now, though, the artist's identity remains a mystery.

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