The face of the two-time Oscar winner had adorned a wall on the side of Nurbhai and Co, based in the Burnage area of the city, for two years.
Nurbhai and Co owner Mustaali Nurbhai said the inspiration for the mural came from watching the actor’s films and the critically acclaimed television show House of Cards.
The firm made contact with local street artist Aske, who was known for his artwork of celebrities around the city, including Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and Mahatma Gandhi.
Aske completed the portrait of Spacey’s House of Cards’ character, the cold and calculating protagonist Frank Underwood, in May 2015 and the firm displayed photos of it on their Facebook page.
The image formed part of the artist’s ‘Psychopaths Project’, which includes murals of Bryan Cranston as Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Anthony Hopkins as The Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter.
However, after sexual harassment allegations were recently made against Spacey, Nurbhai decided to take down the mural, not wanting the firm to be associated with someone of Spacey’s reputation.
Aske confirmed that the mural would be removed from the wall, saying it was a “joint decision” between him and Nurbhai, although he did not confirm what would be replacing it.
In October, actor Anthony Rapp claimed in an interview with BuzsFeed news that he was sexually harassed by Spacey when he was 14.
In the following weeks, 20 more people came forward claiming they were victims of “inappropriate behaviour” during Spacey’s time as the Old Vic’s artistic director between 2004 and 2015.