This building, if it were in LA, NYC, or almost anywhere in Europe or South America, would be a canvas for taggers. People who practice graffiti tend to speak for the dispossessed; they make their mark as a show of power over those who are seen as powerful. It's only a matter of time before it becomes more prevalent here.
Diplomats from the Chinese embassy flew up from San Francisco to meet with the mayor.
They asked her to have it taken down.
She said she has no jurisdiction over art, and reminded them that in the US there is freedom of speech.
The ensuing bro-ha-ha made international press and has brought Mr. Lin a lot of support.
China actually has a point that is rarely heard. However China has no right to ask Mr. Lin to paint over his mural here in the US, and so it will stay.