But Is It Art? LA Says Yes

 Patrick Johnson working on a mural titled “Elixir” at the Liquor Bank. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times.

Patrick Johnson working on a mural titled “Elixir” at the Liquor Bank. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times.

There’s no shortage of opinions on street art, but for the first time the Los Angeles City Council is taking a position and drafting an ordinance that will allow for some murals. Until now, city ordinances have made it illegal to create murals on most private properties regardless of whether the piece was commissioned by a business owner or not. Because of this, hundreds of works have been painted over and destroyed. The decision to change the law comes in response to pressure and protest from artists and art appreciators alike, including celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker, and Saber, a graffiti artist most recognized for his enormous 1997 mural on the bank of the Los Angeles River.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, “The city views any mural on private property as commercial signage even if it’s purely artistic in nature. City officials said they need to make a better distinction between art, which should be protected under the 1st Amendment, and commerce, which should be covered by the sign ordinance.”

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Meredith Hudson