LOOK: Alexandre Orion’s Cherry Creek Trail mural smiles again after vandalism

The perspective-bending portraits of Native American children along the Cherry Creek Trail have officially been restored to their former glory.

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Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion and his mural on the Cherry Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing it after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion and his mural on the Cherry Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing it after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The perspective-bending portraits of Native American children along the Cherry Creek Trail have officially been restored to their former glory.

We first caught up with Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion in September when he was just beginning work on his experiments in forced perspective. Forced, that is, because one must stand down the path at an angle to best see the work.

Cherry Creek Trail, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Alexandre Orion's work on the Cherry Creek Trail. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

But last month trailgoers were forced to see something else: large black tags across Orion’s faces.

Graffiti on the "Paramount" murals by Alexandre Orion on the Cherry Creek Trail at Broadway. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

Graffiti on the "Paramount" murals by Alexandre Orion on the Cherry Creek Trail at Broadway. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

Michael Chavez, public art manager for Denver Arts and Venues, said this kind of thing never happens. Even so, the mural program exists in the first place to deter rogue graffiti, “taking away that available space,” he said.

Alexandre Orion works on a mural along the Cherry Creek Trail, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Alexandre Orion works on a mural along the Cherry Creek Trail, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Getting Orion to rectify the situation required a bit of effort, Chavez said. He is from Brazil, after all, so plane tickets were required in addition to more paint. Orion said it took four days to fix. He has trained a local artist to work on the mural if anything else happens in the future.

The rededication ceremony also included a spiritual cleansing with a Native American drum song and smoke purification.

But Orion, for one, is not miffed at the ordeal. He said he loves Denver, and any reason to come back is a good one.

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A ceremony to re-inroduce Alexandre Orion's mural on the Cherry Creek  Trail after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Alexandre Orion's mural on the Cherry Creek Trail has been restored after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion is smudged Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing his mural after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion is smudged on the Cherry Creek Trail during a ceremony re-introducing his mural after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Urban Arts Fund. Cherry Creek Trail, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Urban Arts Fund. Cherry Creek Trail, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A ceremony to re-inroduce Alexandre Orion's mural on the Cherry Creek  Trail after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A ceremony to reintroduce Alexandre Orion's mural on the Cherry Creek Trail after it was vandalized this winter, March 23, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Alexandre Orion works on a mural along the Cherry Creek Trail, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Alexandre Orion works on a mural along the Cherry Creek Trail, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)