Murals

September 22, 2015, 2pm PDT
After billionaire landlord Dan Gilbert commissioned a mural, less-legal works in Fairey's style began showing up around the city. Detroit's case against the artist brings gentrification's ironies into focus.
CityLab
September 2, 2015, 5am PDT
Washington City Paper creates a record of the many murals that have been lost to new construction and shifting demographics in neighborhoods around Washington, D.C.
Washington City Paper
July 30, 2014, 5am PDT
An article by Adam Frank argues that a discussion of quality of life in cities, as an emerging of "science of cities" claims to improve, must include a discussion of public art.
NPR
July 12, 2013, 12pm PDT
Rick Poynor composes a photo essay that documents compelling street art found along his recent travels in Portugal and Spain. For Poyner, its not the wall-filling murals that interest him, but rather 'collectively composed street marking'.
Observatory
May 10, 2012, 1pm PDT
As public art proliferates as a strategy to engage disaffected youth and enliven neighborhoods, Philip Langdon argues that an additional standard must be considered when evaluating such projects -- their content.
Better! Cities & Towns
December 8, 2011, 5am PST
Part of the trouble is finding language that will prevent billboards from proliferating, but planners finally have a draft for public review (available in the article).
LA Weekly
November 16, 2011, 8am PST
West Hollywood, California recently opened a new public library, hiring a number of prominent artists like Shepard Fairey to turn it into a local landmark.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 7, 2011, 11am PDT
The legacy of Los Angeles murals has all but left the city, buried under sign ordinances, billboard policy and tagging. Tanner Blackman in the Dept. of City Planning Code Studies Section is working to free up the knot of regulation.
KCET
May 12, 2011, 11am PDT
An independent group is seeking to "ignite essential discussions about art in Los Angeles" by getting locals to put APPROVE or DISAPPROVE stickers on public art around the city.
MOCA-latte
May 11, 2010, 7am PDT
Los Angeles developer Barry Shy commissioned a muralist to paint an "urban jungle" in the lobby of his new residential high-rise. He got lions and waterfalls snuggled up against the downtown LA skyline.
Curbed
May 4, 2010, 7am PDT
Los Angeles developer Barry Shy commissioned a muralist to paint an "urban jungle" in the lobby of his new residential high-rise. He got lions and waterfalls snuggled up against the downtown LA skyline.
Curbed
March 8, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>Murals are under fire in Los Angeles, as city officials are painting over what they see as "illegal signs".</p>
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