The Los Angeles Times reports that the City Council is easing its restrictions on outdoor murals. It will no longer classify them the same way it does billboards. Since 2002 it has been illegal to paint a mural on private or public property because the artworks are considered advertisements. But Los Angeles is going to try to do a better job of distinguishing between the two.
Of course this will all get muddled again as soon as an artist paints a figure holding a can of Coke! Is it art or is it an ad? As a rule though, it is never difficult to tell when something is a giant ad and when it’s not. It just takes a little common sense and observation. Surely the City Council can manage this.
But the bottom line is that the murals of L.A. are inspiring and extraordinary. The city needs to reclaim its title as ‘The Mural Capital of the World!’
The photo is a portion of a photo by Al Seib for the Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2011.