SABER for the arts
The Doobie Brothers might have taken it to the streets but SABER took it to the air today protesting the City of Los Angeles’s moratorium on street murals. He had 5 sky writers blanket the space above city hall with tags of different graffiti writers and crews, past and present. We’re honored to get a little shout ourselves. LA has a rich history in public murals and they are becoming more scarce everyday as they fade away or are covered. I give a lot of respect for SABER for speaking his mind and doing something about it.
“The reason I hired five jet planes to sky write over City Hall and downtown Los Angeles is to bring awareness to how ridiculous a moratorium on public art is. The city states that all public murals are signage, effectively banning art from the walls of Los Angeles. And it is removed at the taxpayers’ expense. Money is given to private graffiti removal companies, who have broken onto private property to paint murals beige. The owners of small businesses where murals have been painted have been harassed and threatened with fines if they do not remove the artwork. Police officers raid homes and places of work, intimidating artists and building owners. During this time of economic crisis, “mural signs” are an easy target for the city to extract money. This moratorium is a clear violation of the first amendment right to free speech and enforcement for these unreasonable laws is a complete waste of taxpayer funds….”
photo courtesy of Linda LOVEMADE
LA Weekly blog coverage HERE.
The Hundreds has some good pictures up on their site HERE.
Juxtapoz coverage HERE.