In an unprecedented show of aerial force, LA Artist SABER bombarded Downtown Los Angeles today with skywriting jets to protest the city’s mural moratorium. SABER is no stranger to big statements; in 1997 the artist executed the world’s largest graffiti piece on the concrete bank of the LA river. His latest target is City Hall and the unconstitutional mural moratorium that has been force for several years. Los Angeles, The Mural Capital of the World, has been able to find massive amounts of public space for corporate advertisements, but not for works of art. The city spends more than $10,000,000+ on graffiti abatement programs, but none on mural programs that divert young artist to legal walls to display their art. Existing murals are crumbling and the city’s best artists are forced to go to Europe and other US cities to display their largest and best works.
SABER’s personal act of skyward rebellion is a call to arms for the city’s artists and art lovers. What are you doing to fight the city’s war on public art? One thing everyone can do right now is sign the petition.
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