Highlights from my visit to Venice Beach, home of the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard! Features include the iconic Jim Morrison wall mural and Venice Kinesis both by Rip Cronk, the Dennis Hopper wall mural by @never1959
(Hopper had a studio in Venice), The Love Wall ❤💛💚💙🧡💜 by @Joesvenice
, and some great stencil art by @skyhighbliss
who I had the pleasure to meet in person after being IG friends for years.
With Venice’s robust history as a hub of art and culture, most notably with the Beat Generation, it’s not surprising that urban/street art is scattered throughout the neighborhood, both built into the façade of storefronts and hidden in back lots. Venice is virtually an artist studio masquerading as a town.
In 2003 LA city council had finished putting in place a “mural moratorium” in an attempt to regulate commercial billboards in neighbourhoods marked out for single-family homes.
Although this legislation was aimed at calling a halt to corporate ads, it was urban artists who found themselves in a sticky spot, with fewer and fewer legal spots to paint.
Now with the moratorium at an end (it was scrapped in 2013) artists and property owners now have a free reign, relatively speaking, to decorate their buildings how they like. Without knowing the exact ins and outs, it feels like Venice might not have been quite so colourful had I visited in that 10 year period.
So if you're in the area or passing by consider a street art walking tour but note that it will take considerably more than a few hours to see everything there is to see even by car. Have a great weekend!🌞😎 #laartscene #veniceboardwalk