City Council votes to lift ban on murals

Aug 28, 2013

Echo Park artist Ernesto de La Loza, who spoke at today’s City Council meeting, in front of a Boyle Heights mural/Photo by Gil Ortiz

Today’s vote not only lifts a decade-long ban on murals but also creates a new process that is intended to make it easier for artists and property owners to create public art in business and industrial areas.  Today’s council action also opens the door to murals on homes in residential ares but only in neighborhoods that “opt-in,” according to L.A. Now.

A second and final vote on the mural ordinance is scheduled to take place next week.

“We have made history in the City of Los Angeles today,” said First District Councilman Gil Cedillo in a statement. “Artists will once again be free to add to the cultural richness of the city through the contribution of their artistic expression.”

The law is also intended to restrict murals and artwork that double as advertising.  Does that mean that PBR mural in Silver Lake has to go?


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