They called it the hiccup. It was all because the artist was interrupted mid-work. He was going to go back and finish it but the gap proved to be a major point of discussion and when turned sideways seemed to reflect the current political situation, a divided country.
They thought he was inspired, but in reality, he caught a cold and then had an issue with the scaffolding and so started from the bottom but in fact when he reached the part where he’d left off in the first place he couldn’t stretch to fill in the gap.
So he decided he could turn it into some sort of statement. What that statement was he wasn’t sure he was happy to leave that up to the punters who came to speculate on what it might be all about.
It became a great marketing tool. A suggestion box was placed at the base of the mural and a cash prize offered by a major development company for the best suggestion.
People came from far and wide to have their say, and in the meantime, other developments commissioned him to create murals on the sides of their buildings.
It became a lucrative endeavour for the artist, and so, with demand for his work mounting, he carried plenty of tissues for when the dreaded cold returned.