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Artist Mear One Tells the Story Behind His Anti-GMO Mural in Culver City

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge The Mear One mural gracing the Wood Cafe at Washington Blvd. and Inglewood, in Culver City - STEPHANIE LOO
  • Stephanie Loo
  • The Mear One mural gracing the Wood Cafe at Washington Blvd. and Inglewood, in Culver City
The Wood Café in Culver City makes a great organic burger, but the restaurant's biggest draw might be the graffiti in the parking lot. If you've stopped at the corner of Inglewood and Washington in the past year, you know what we're talking about: On the side of the 15-foot wall is an eerie, technicolor mural from Mear One, one of the most famous street artists in Los Angeles.

Popularly known as the "Michelangelo of Graffiti," Mear One runs with renowned street artists like Shepard Fairey and Robbie Canal. At the request of the restaurant's owner, Demetrios Mavromichalis, the artist showed up with his pet bulldog in tow and started sketching freehand with his spray can.

Watch the time-lapsed video of its creation here.

"Humanity vs. The Machine" appeared a few weeks after the vote on Prop 37, an initiative that would have required labeling for all genetically engineered food. The proposition was rejected, a victory for GMO giant Monsanto and a disappointment for small-time farmers and organic promoters.

If the title of Mear One's piece isn't provocative enough, the imagery is. A young family stands protectively over their vegetable garden, warding off the smog of the evil GMO Man. The chemtrails and radio wires in the background are calling cards of the artist, who is no stranger to environmentally charged pieces. (Some of his other works are called "Garbage Island" and "Allegory of Complacency.")

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