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Saturday Will Be "Mural Day" in L.A.

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM
click to enlarge "YOU ARE THE STAR" BY THOMAS SURIYA IS AT HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD AND WILCOX AVENUE. VIA CAL STATE L.A.
  • "You Are the Star" by Thomas Suriya is at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue. Via Cal State L.A.

Life in this crazy town means that, despite being the mural capital of America, what with our deep Mexican heritage and those historic Siqueiros works, we were also the place where murals were banned.

See also: L.A.'s Ban on Murals Overturned.

But after a renaissance that included MOCA's seminal "Art in the Streets" show downtown, the L.A. City Council got serious about this paradox and, starting Saturday, murals on private buildings will be allowed again. And so ...

... Saturday will be declared "Mural Day" in L.A. Yay!?

The office of City Councilman Jose Huizar today announced that he'll ask his colleagues to approve the designation tomorrow in recognition of the mural ordinance's first day in effect.

The new law allows public murals, not murals on private homes. The city is looking at ways, however, that would allow individual neighborhoods to decide if they want private-residence murals or not.

Murals were a victim of the city's sometimes quixotic efforts to regulate billboards, supergraphics and other public advertising that was making some neighborhoods look like Vegas.

See also:

*Billboards Gone Wild.

*Shepard Fairey Does Street Art on L.A. Buses, Doesn't Get Arrested.

City Hall apparently had a hard time differentiating what was art and what was commerce and so swept up the creation murals under a decade-long prohibition.

click to enlarge "VENICE RECONSTITUTED," AT 25 WINDWARD AVE., BY RIP CRONK VIA CAL STATE L.A.
  • "Venice Reconstituted," at 25 Windward Ave., by Rip Cronk via Cal State L.A.

Huizar's office said "leading muralists" and arts supporters will be recognized at City Council chambers Friday for their help in making the measure happen. His office says the "Mural Day" vote is set for 10 a.m.

Huizar:

We would not have a mural ordinance without the arts community. Their support, expertise and passion were the driving force behind our efforts to rid the City of this moratorium. This Mural Day resolution celebrates the artists resolve and talent and marks a new beginning in the City of Los Angeles' quest to regain its proper place as the "Mural Capital of the World."

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