Since Monday, Allison "Hueman" Torneros has been painting a new mural at East Third and Main. The wall was arranged by LA Freewalls and timed for the mural ordinance that is being presented in city council August 20. Hueman is one of the woman artists recently featured in the LA Times.
Also ready to speak out are Los Angeles muralists and institutions. In a pact of unity, letters to council members and council president Herb Wesson to "PASS THE MURAL ORDINANCE NOW" have been sent. “After 10 years of a legislated ban on murals on private property, our organizations and the artists have waited long enough,” says the letter dated August 14, 2013.
For those council districts that want a mural free zone, we believe an overlay zone would be appropriate. The majority of communities that have supported murals in their districts for decades should not be penalized for those few districts that oppose murals. The mural ordinance has been held in PLUM with a last minute lobby from neighborhood councils in districts that have no mural tradition, a response more to street art than the ethnic neighborhood murals that gave Los Angeles its mural tradition.
The letter is signed by the Social Public Art and Resource Center, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Venice Arts Council, Self-Help Graphics and Art, United Painters and Public Artists, Mobile Mural Lab, Mictlan Murals, LA Freewalls, and Art Share LA.
They are lobbying for Version A is passed, which has an overlay option for single family homes. Version B would prohibit it, and explained further at KCET's Departures guest editorial by Dennis Hathaway "A Warning that the Mural Ordinance May Not be Enough."
The August 20 city council meeting will begin at 10 a.m.
ADD: ON AUGUST 19, THE MURAL ORDINANCE WAS CONTINUED TO FRIDAY.
ADD: ON AUGUST 21, THE MURAL ORDINANCE WAS CONTINUED TO WED. AUG 28.
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Mural by Hueman I Graphic by viewfromaloft I Photo by Helen Ly