Artist scraps plans for Thunberg mural after boycott threats

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota artist has scrapped his plan to erect a mural honoring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on the exterior wall of a Bismarck bakery because the business received boycott threats.

Shane Balkowitsch had planned to put a 7-foot-tall mural of Thunberg on the exterior wall of a bakery.

Balkowitsch took the photo of the teenage climate activist when she visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in October.

Balkowitsch tells The Bismarck Tribune he saw the planned mural as a celebration of art, not a dig at oil or coal companies in North Dakota.

But after threats of boycotts and possible vandalism, Balkowitsch says he pulled his application with the city.