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Monday, April 20, 2009


Teeth and Tooth Brush 2009 - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. (click on image to enlarge)

When I see a new public mural or mural sign, I try to photograph it right away! There a zillions of reasons why murals disappear; the weather, inferior paint and vandalism are just a few. But, one of the biggest adversaries of public art is the law. Often murals are put up with no thought about municipal or community codes. So, down the art comes - no matter how significant.
I suspect the great dental office murals on Ventura Boulevard, just east of Reseda on the South side of the street, were the victim of ordinances. Too bad, because they were important statements of pop art.

The San Fernando Valley, in the heart of the Creative Capital of the World, deserves a great Museum of history and culture.

1 comment:

Rosemary West said...

It's exasperating to me that city governments will diligently get rid of entertaining (and sometimes lovely) murals that bring enjoyment to the people, while at the same time show very little interest in removing real visual blight, such as the illegal, portable billboards that proliferate on our streets ( Where are the priorities?