Washington DC’s Black Lives Matter street mural can be seen from space

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Washington DC’s Black Lives Matter street mural, spotted by a satellite camera. Planet Labs

A satellite image captured the newly installed Black Lives Matter mural in the nation’s capital.

The district’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, commissioned the project last week amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and systemic racism.

The mural has drawn some criticism for being a shallow optics move, and a “Defund the Police” accompanying mural – not commissioned by the city, but instead installed by citizens – joined it nearby shortly afterwards.

Planet Labs, the largest satellite network for earth observation, posted the image online on June 5.

In addition to the mural, that section of 16th St. across from the White House was officially renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza by Mayor Bowser.