The new owner of the John Blom photography studio building at 3732 E. Coast Hwy. has painted over a mural on the side of the structure and plans to add a "living wall" that will be covered in succulents that form a design.
The mural depicted pelicans holding waving pictures of seascapes and a church, floating in a blue, cloud-filled sky.
Blom returned from vacation to see the mural was gone, but he said it was the new owner's right to paint over it.
"It was good while it lasted," he said.
Blom recently sold the building and is closing his studio, but he'll continue to work with clients on locations.
Bryan Seigel, 55, of Newport Coast, bought the building and has already begun making changes, he said in a telephone interview this week.
"The transformation will be beautiful," he said. "I want it to be very special. It'll have shimmering lights, an atrium with a water feature … You'll take a second look. It'll be just quaint."