Foster The People’s ‘Supermodel’ mural saved by Los Angeles mayor and 12,000 fans

Artwork painted earlier this year was due to be covered up by Los Angeles officials

A mural Foster The People had painted to promote their latest album has been saved from being painted over in a last minute intervention by mayor Eric Garcetti.

The band painted the ‘Supermodel’ mural in Los Angeles earlier this year ahead of the release of their second album of the same name. It was created by frontman Mark Foster and artist Young & Sick and painted by street artists Daniel Lahoda, Leba and Vyal.

Local media reports last week revealed that the image was due to be covered up which led to fan of the band, Johanna Maria, creating an online petition to save the seven-storey high mural. After securing 12,000 signatures from fans around the world, mayor Garcetti was able to intervene and save the artwork.

“Thank you Eric Garcetti for listening and intervening on such short notice,” Billboard quotes Foster as saying. “Thank you Los Angeles Times for covering the story. Most of all, thank you to all of you who signed the petition and helped spread the word! You surprised everyone and saved this mural.”

The band celebrated the ongoing life of the mural with fans in Los Angeles on Monday (July 14) with those in attendance given limited-edition, screen-printed posters of the mural.

Foster The People released ‘Supermodel’ in March. The album was recorded with producer Paul Epworth in Morocco and Los Angeles and followed the band’s debut, ‘Torches’, which was released in 2011.

The band recently confirmed to NME that they are working with a number of different artists on new material, including Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. See below to watch the band interviewed about their plans for new material at Glastonbury 2014.