wall mural

Floral Mural | The Cheekiest Monkey Of All

Ages ago I came across a picture from a Scandinavian blog of a really gorgeous wall mural of a floral cross stitch. I loved it but the thought of trying to work out the scale, the amount of ‘stitches’, the colours, etc. was put in the 'too hard basket’. So when I saw this amazing DIYwithpattern, I was beyond thrilled! The suggestion of using a 'cross stitch’ stamp is great because you get consistent stamps. If you’re not allowed to stamp on your wall, get yourself a giant canvas and stamp that.

Alexis Diaz | painting

Paintings on canvas by Alexis Diaz — one half of La Pandilla (the gang)

This is only a small taste of Alexis Diaz’s work. You have to check out Alexis’ wall murals so see the full scope of his skills [solo as well as part of La Pandilla].

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Should private-property murals be banned?

Los Angeles has long maintained a ban, with some exemptions, on murals painted on private property. Enacted a decade ago, the ban is now facing a challenge from citizens who want to see the bold, colorful works return to the city’s walls.

But beyond fears of graffiti, some worry that the return of murals could inadvertently spark a spree of commercialized messages. From muralist and founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center Judy Baca:

“Do we allow our city to become a kind of place of visual blight, like a Hong Kong kind of visualization of ads in every inch of eyespace? Or are there places in which…. public art can have its diverse expression?”

But the proposed ordinance, as it stands now, would not permit “commercial messages.”

Read more over at Culture Monster.

Photos: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times