Finally. Los Angeles’ City Council on Wednesday passed a new mural ordinance, legalizing murals on private buildings after a decade of banning them. Of course would-be public artists still have to go through an extensive permitting process, and pay a$60 fee, but if they’re persistent they can finally go crazy. That is, as long as their murals don’t contain commercial messages.
“It’s a big victory and we’re thrilled,” said Isabel Rojas-Williams, executive director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. The group has been protecting the city’s murals and muralists since 1987. “Despite the recent restrictions, the city has remained one of the country’s mural capitals.”
Don’t believe us? Behold a selection below of our favorite (finally-sanctioned) murals from around the City of Angels, courtesy of the Mural Conservancy. They range from political to historical to street art / graffiti, to, well…the undefinable.Fifty One Bees, Elizabeth Garrison & Victor Henderson (Robin Dunitz) Heartship, by How & Nosm (Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles) The Great Wall of Los Angeles, Judith Baca (SPARC) 111th Street Jesus, Kent Twitchell (Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles) A Shenere Un Besere Velt, by Aliseo Art Silva (Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles) América Tropical by David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles) Gateway to Manifest Destiny, by East Los Angeles Streetscapers (Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles)