TRENTON, N.J. (PIX11) -- The walls, doors and sliding metal doors on the front of businesses in several parts of North Trenton are filled with color. They are a part of the neighborhood's environment.
However, there is one sliding door in the area that no longer has any color on it because it's generating much controversy.
"If it wasn't controversial we wouldn't be standing here right now," said Will "Kasso" Condry.
So it comes as no surprise to the 37-year-old Newark native that PIX 11 News wanted to talk about his latest painting. A painting he finished approximately 10 days ago. It adorned a sliding door along East Hanover Street until Monday.
It was an image of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old gunned down by law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri. The phrase "sagging pants is not probable cause," was also spray painted on the mural.
"When we went out there to do what we did, we knew it was going to start something ... we knew that it was a very high chance it would come down, because I have been in situations like this in the past," said Condry inside of his gallery.
The painting which took five hours to produce, was up for a little over a week. On Monday, the Trenton Downtown Association had it scrubbed in a matter of minutes. The association did not return our phone call nor did the Trenton Police Department who reportedly had expressed concerns about the statement piece.
Caitlyn Fair, who has been to Ferguson twice following Brown's death, says a poem she wrote inspired Condry and another artist to produce the painting. Her reaction when it came down? "I cried. I cried."
Sad over the move? Yes. But is the 26-year-old upset?
"No. I think that the city has there set of responsibilities and they have certain stakeholders that they have to answer to, and whether or not I personally agree with the message they have a responsibility to other groups of people as well."
When Fair was asked if the message of the painting was irresponsible in her opinion? She quickly responded with the following, "In my personal opinion, no."
Condry, who is better known as "Kasso" around the Trenton art scene, says that the work may be gone but it has not been silenced, "I still believe that what we've done was a success because it got the conversation started and that is exactly what we wanted to happen."