Division Creative Foundry x End Mural Moratorium

October 05 2011 . 09:23pm

Division Creative Foundry is proud to be a part of the struggle to free public art.
When we first heard there was a moratorium on public art, we were genuinely confused.
Why would the city intentionally block artists from doing there craft which serves the community and also provides a living for the artists involved. Seems like a win-win. I’ve heard time and time again from city officials stating that [graffiti] artists should focus their talents in legal ways and when they do, the city, to spite them, does everything in it’s power to stop them from doing so.  They harass artists and building owners threatening them with fines.  Being that Los Angeles is known as the “Mural capital of the World”, it seems to us extremely important to protect that creative heritage.  We at Division consider ourselves part of the Seventh Letter family, so to help our brothers out we’ve created this image to help in the fight against the unconstitutional moratorium on public art.  We’d like to thank Eklips and Saber for inviting us to be a part of this important struggle to free the arts.

Division Creative Foundry

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#ArtIsNotACrime

September 22 2011 . 06:54am

Statement from the Artist:

9.19.2011

End Mural Moratorium. Art Is Not A Crime…

The reason I hired five jet planes to sky write over City Hall and downtown Los Angeles is to bring awareness to how ridiculous a moratorium on public art is.

The city states that all public murals are signage, effectively banning art from the walls of Los Angeles. And it is removed at the taxpayers’ expense. Money is given to private graffiti removal companies, who have broken onto private property to paint murals beige. The owners of small businesses where murals have been painted have been harassed and threatened with fines if they do not remove the artwork. Police officers raid homes and places of work, intimidating artists and building owners. During this time of economic crisis, “mural signs” are an easy target for the city to extract money. This moratorium is a clear violation of the first amendment right to free speech and enforcement for these unreasonable laws is a complete waste of taxpayer funds.

To put things in perspective I recently visited the beautiful set of murals inside the Terminal Annex Building on Alameda. This mural was painted in 1941-44 and was funded by the “Works Progress Administration” (WPA). Murals are just a part of the legacy of a national program that put the country to work during the Great Depression.

Fast-forward to the Great Recession, taxpayer money is now used to obliterate all traces of the artwork my generation have created. I believe this is city-funded censorship pushed by lawmakers with personal vendettas. Potential jail time is more probable for us than the opportunity of creating an artistic legacy for the next generation. In a city that used to proudly call itself the “Mural Capitol Of The World,” the officials who enforce this ban should be ashamed to call themselves “Angelinos.”

Art Is Not A Crime… End Mural Moratorium.

SABER

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