Petition saves band's mural in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fan support and an intervention from the mayor have saved a colorful mural commissioned by the pop band Foster the People in downtown Los Angeles.

City officials had ordered the band to remove the artwork, which has covered the side of a building on South Los Angeles Street since January.

KABC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1wk74F9 ) a petition to keep the wall from being painted over caught the attention of Mayor Eric Garcetti's office.

Foster the People tweeted Sunday night that the mayor decided the mural could stay.

The band put up the artwork to promote the release of its album "Supermodel." In January, they used the mural as a backdrop for a free concert.

Foster the People is expected to hand out posters at the mural site starting at noon on Monday.

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Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/