Des Moines students plan to rebuild mural after it was accidentally painted over

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines student mural project has been rescued by a fundraising campaign and city efforts to make things right.

Officials blamed miscommunication for the loss of the mural on a flood wall outside the school district's Central Campus on Monday. An anti-graffiti team used beige paint to cover the colorful, 200-foot-long artwork, which had taken students nearly 100 hours to create.

An Internet fundraising campaign that began Tuesday exceeded its $4,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon. City officials have agreed to streamline approval for a new mural.