“The 1984 project was all about portraying L.A. as a the mural capital of the world, she said. But because of these whitewashing policies from Metro and Caltrans, the city has never lived up to that title — ‘Not by any stretch of the imagination,’ she says. ‘I would say that something like 60% of the legacy of Los Angeles murals has been lost because of very poor public policy.’
“Over time, various groups across the city were given contracts to remove graffiti within 24 hours of its creation, she explained, so taggers started spray-painting murals in an effort to have their messages stay up longer.
“‘Paint on that mural and it’ll stay up there for a while. Paint on a blank wall and it’ll be gone in 24 hours,’ said Baca.
“That could be why her mural was initially targeted by taggers…and why the contractor, according to Metro, didn’t realize there was a mural underneath.”
Metro Admits To Painting Over Historic LA Mural, by Gina Pollack, LAist, April 23, 2019
I had a long talk with the legendary Leo Limón some years ago, and he touched on this subject:
“No, because these kids know nothing about the local art history, they’re tagging the murals. There’s commercialism in tagging. Like I said, I have a certificate in sign painting, and these guys (taggers ED) are signing, but they’re not saying anything. Their tag, which is their art, is their signature. And they sign them, and they actually put a copyright on them, with a stencil.”
LHLS Leo Limón Interview, with Ginger Mayerson, June 11, 2015 (by the way, liheliso.com is going away next year)
Read on for the full interview which is moved here for posterity.
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