Mural mystery solved

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A beautiful drawing was going up on an unlikely lilac ground on the side of the Leidy School on Belmont Avenue. Then, one day, the drawing disappeared and it was back to lilac. A few days passed, and a whole new drawing seemed to be going up. How odd.

Luckily, a week or two later, I found artist John Lewis (he’s the tiny figure in the upper left) up on the scaffolding, busy working on drawing number two. “It’s the same drawing,” he called down to me. But the previous version was reversed, left to right. He was so high up I would have had to shout some more to continue our conversation. So in a sense, the mystery still isn’t solved, because I didn’t want to shout my follow-up question–How do you get your own drawing backwards?

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