Murals

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Should Murals Fall Under Sign Ordinances?

A local controversy in New Jersey has residents debating whether a city should interfere with artistic expression on private property.

October 19, 2021 - North Jersey

Dallas, Texas

Block-Long Mural Project Focus on the Roots of Blues in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Two artistic mediums with deep traditions in the neighborhood converge in Deep Ellum.

August 10, 2021 - The Dallas Morning News

Brooklyn, New York City

Street Art Proves the Value of Public Space

Murals do more than bring joy to onlookers. Public art can also be a source of healing, a point of reflection, and a cause for conversation.

November 23, 2020 - Bloomberg CityLab

Street Mural

Street Murals for Traffic Safety

Despite efforts by federal regulators to curtail painted crosswalks, Cincinnati is moving forward with a unique program to paint murals on streets to slow traffic.

November 13, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Scaffolding

Art May Be Coming to New York City Sidewalk Sheds

Scaffolding and sidewalk sheds being a fixture of life in NYC, the city has decided to let artists do their thing with all that blank canvas.

October 13, 2018 - ArtNet News

Atlanta BeltLine

Artists and Property Owners Sue Atlanta Over Mural Regulations

A federal lawsuit alleges that the city of Atlanta is overstepping its bounds by threatening the removal of murals and other art located on private property.

June 5, 2017 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DTLA Mural

The Rise of Corporate Murals in LA

Downtown Los Angeles, styled DTLA by its new enthusiasts, has long been a site for street art and murals of dubious legality. Now, developers are paying artists to paint them.

May 16, 2017 - Los Angeles Downtown News

Shepard Fairey

Street Artist Shepard Fairey Tackles Detroit

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.

September 22, 2015 - CityLab

The Lost History of D.C.'s Murals

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.

September 2, 2015 - Washington City Paper

Making Space for Art in the 'Science of Cities'

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.

July 30, 2014 - NPR

Urban Walls Serve as Canvas for Visual Wonderment

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'.

July 12, 2013 - Observatory

Should Public Art Be Censored?

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.

May 10, 2012 - Better! Cities & Towns

Los Angeles Drafts Pro-Mural Ordinance

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).

December 8, 2011 - LA Weekly

New Library Making A Splash With Public Art

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.

November 16, 2011 - The Architect's Newspaper

Los Angeles' Legacy of Murals is Disappearing

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.

July 7, 2011 - KCET

Do You Approve or Disapprove of Public Art?

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.

May 12, 2011 - MOCA-latte

The Urban Jungle, Expressed Literally Through Art

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.

May 11, 2010 - Curbed

The Urban Jungle, Expressed Literally Through Art

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.

May 4, 2010 - Curbed

L.A. Erasing Murals

Murals are under fire in Los Angeles, as city officials are painting over what they see as "illegal signs".

March 8, 2008 - Which Way, L.A.?

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