Street Art in Venice, California

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Venice, California has some awesome murals and street art.  Here’s some I’ve found:

Beautiful Photograph mural

Monochrome mural on Abbot Kinney Boulevard (a.k.a. “the coolest block in the world”)

The above mural has actually been replaced by the following one now:

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@indianagarcia’s mural #BeWhatYouDream

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Another indianagarcia mural

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Near the boardwalk

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BumbleBeeLovesYou by Zio Ziegler on Irving Tabor

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By @kristeldesigns on Ocean Park Avenue

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whales and dolphins mural on Ocean Park Avenue

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On the boardwalk.

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mini mural at Brewster Parsons on Abbott Kinney

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Another mini mural

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A POW/MIA wall with thousands of names to be remembered.

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marioetheartist piece on the boardwalk

Yeti mural

The Yeti, artist signature covered by metal door

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This might be in Santa Monica instead of Venice…

Roosterfish mural

Alexis Diaz‘s mural for Roosterfish bar.

Rabbits mural

Neutra’s mural of rabbits.

Portrait

A portrait created by tearing away layers of the outer wall and staining.

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Color strip mural.

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A work in progress (the artist was working on the piece as I passed by).

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Abbot Kinney Festival mural (left) by Dytch 66 CBS/I.C.U. Art. Photograph mural (right) by A. Mortimer ’73

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A sidestreet.

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downtown.

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Mural of Abbot Kinney.

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Flowers are by David Reid and Lisa McCloud.

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Abbot Hipster.

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Arnold Schwarzanegger mural

Yoga mural

Yoga mural at a gym.

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A stencil piece found on the sidewalk.

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Inspirational messages all over the sidewalks.

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Even signs become inspirational art

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Teena Marie Mural by Hector “Hex” Rios and Jose “Keo” Carrillo

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by @Keefaura

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On someone’s patio, seen through large gap in fence.

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by Skount Chase, 2013

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Someone’s house.

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Some of the smaller messages in this piece read “Heaven is within you,” “Listen to your soul,” and “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”

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garage door

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by marioetheartist

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by Von Paul

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Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Ave.

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“Touch of Venice” by LiveFastDieAwesome.com

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Patron Saint of Venice mural by boardwalk

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by Asylum.com

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Another piece by Marioetheartist.

Totem Poles mural

Totem Pole mural on a sidestreet by LOGEK (formerly InfiniteLightWorks.com)

Porkbelly's Venice mural

Jaber Never’s “Venice” at former Porkbelly’s.

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Inside a store on Abbott Kinney

Mermaids mural

This mural for Lighthouse Properties spans the entire building.

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A parking lot near Venice beach.

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Plink me Tender on Abbott Kinney

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Some people tagging walls on the beach.

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Even the palm trees are tagged.

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Possibly the most famous mural in Venice, “Venice Kinesis” by R. Cronk

Take a Book, Leave a Book

On a residential side street, about a block from Abbott-Kinney.

Nelson Mandela mural

Nelson Mandela. At the corner of Lincoln and Coeur D’Alene.

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Inside the entrance of a restaurant.

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Another sidestreet abstract.

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Stores on the boardwalk.

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Garage doors and dumpsters, Venice style.

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Store windows with art for sale.

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Perhaps a vintage mural, the Stronghold 1895.

Our Lives Intertwine art

“Our lives intertwine at neutral awareness and forever and never otherwise” -A.S. 11/19/2013

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on Abbott Kinney.

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By @AmirImage / @Javieraphotography

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This one spans the block.

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Another one that spans a fenceline for a block.

Store with sculpture

Metal sculpture and flowery mural at a store on Rose Ave.

Stickers on the street

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Stickers are everywhere…

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Private residence.

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“Freedom of Choice” on a sidestreet.

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by David Reid.

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On a building at Venice Blvd.

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An environmentally (and socially)-conscious mural by the Women’s Coalition.

Studio murals

A private art studio nearby. The text running alongside the wall reads “The machine will be prevented from working at all.”

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This apartment building has a mural by each person’s door.

Walking Watching Waiting Dreaming posters

Inspiring poster set found all over the city in December 2013. A trash can had these four plastered around its sides.

The Black Hills poster

Poster: “The Black Hills Are Not For Sale”

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Rabbits on Abbot Kinney Blvd

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Canal mural near Venice Canals

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Historical Context

On a visit to LACMA in June 2014, I viewed an exhibit titled “Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice” that showcased the history of mural art in Venice, California. Here’s a brief history, straight from LACMA’s write-up: “Coastal Venice, California owes its unusual character to its founder, Abbot Kinney. The original plan to transform the swampy marshland south of Santa Monica into an upscale vacation destination promised the allure of the Mediterranean Rivera…and by July 4, 1905, Venice of America had opened to the public. Kinney hired architects Norman F. Marsh and Clarence H. Russell to design the layout of the development and its principal buildings. A native of Illinois, Marsh had worked in Chicago prior to relocating to California in 1900. Consequently, their plan for Venice harked back to the celebrated 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, which included a large lagoon, canals, gondolas, a replica of a moored ship, and an amusement park—all features characteristic of ‘Kinney’s folly,’ as some skeptics came to call it.

“The lofty idea of a cultural attraction rivaling the most desirable of European destinations could not compete with the more popular lowbrow forms of entertainment offered at the pier and the midway, however. In the 1920s, many of the canals were drained and paved over to make room for the automobiles and oil derricks invading the beachfront. The history of California’s Venice comes alive in the mural by local artist Edward Biberman. Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice represents the beach-side community, from its founding in 1905 through the early 1940s, when the United States Treasury Department commissioned the oil painting on canvas to decorate a wall of the Venice Post Office.

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“In recent years, Edward Biberman’s Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice has inspired mural painters working on exterior walls throughout the neighborhood. Kinney’s spirit also lives on in the bohemian legacy and vibrant art scene that still characterize Venice today. From the 1950s, affordable housing fueled the area’s changing demographics. Luring an eclectic, creative, counterculture community—from Beat poets to later generations of artists who congregated at the cafés and studios, Venice still retains its unique cultural identity.”

Also of interest, here are some of the historical photographs from LACMA’s “Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice” exhibit:

Herman J. Schultheis, “Venice oil field,” c. 1937 Modern inkjet copy print Los Angeles Public Library, Herman J. Schultheis Collection

Herman J. Schultheis, “Venice oil field,” c. 1937
Modern inkjet copy print
Los Angeles Public Library, Herman J. Schultheis Collection

“United States Island in Venice,” c. 1924 Modern inkjet copy print

“United States Island in Venice,” c. 1924
Modern inkjet copy print

“Canal and Tent Houses, Venice, California,” n.d. Colored postcard Santa Monica Public Library Image Archives

“Canal and Tent Houses, Venice, California,” n.d.
Colored postcard
Santa Monica Public Library Image Archives

“Crowds on Windward Avenue,” c. 1905 Modern inkjet copy print

“Crowds on Windward Avenue,” c. 1905
Modern inkjet copy print

“Canal Scene, Venice,” 1905 Modern inkjet copy print Los Angeles Public Library, Security Pacific National Bank Collection

“Canal Scene, Venice,” 1905
Modern inkjet copy print
Los Angeles Public Library, Security Pacific National Bank Collection

 

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