Street Art: Venice, CA

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

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 The above mural has actually been replaced by the following one:
@indianagarcia’s mural #BeWhatYouDream
Another @indianagarcia mural
Near the boardwalk
BumbleBeeLovesYou by Zio Ziegler on Irving Tabor
By @kristeldesigns on Ocean Park Avenue
whales and dolphins mural on Ocean Park Avenue
On the boardwalk.
mini mural at Brewster Parsons on Abbott Kinney
Another mini mural
The Yeti, artist signature covered by metal door
Alexis Diaz‘s mural for Roosterfish bar.
A portrait created by tearing away layers of the outer wall and staining.
Color strip mural.
A work in progress (the artist was working on the piece as I passed by).
Abbot Kinney Festival mural (left) by Dytch 66 CBS/I.C.U. Art. Photograph mural (right) by A. Mortimer ’73
Flowers are by David Reid and Lisa McCloud.
Yoga mural at a gym.
A stencil piece found on the sidewalk.
Inspirational messages all over the sidewalks.
Even signs become inspirational art.
Teena Marie Mural by Hector “Hex” Rios and Jose “Keo” Carrillo
On someone’s patio, seen through large gap in fence.
by Skount Chase, 2013
Patron Saint of Venice mural by boardwalk
Another piece by Marioetheartist.
Totem Pole mural on a sidestreet by LOGEK (formerly
Jaber Never’s “Venice” at former Porkbelly’s.
This mural for Lighthouse Properties spans the entire building.
A parking lot near Venice beach.
Punk Me Tender on Abbott Kinney
Some people tagging walls on the beach.
Even the palm trees are tagged.
Possibly the most famous mural in Venice, “Venice Kinesis” by R. Cronk
On a residential side street, about a block from Abbott-Kinney.
Nelson Mandela. At the corner of Lincoln and Coeur D’Alene.
Stores on the boardwalk.
Garage doors and dumpsters, Venice style.
Perhaps a vintage mural, the Stronghold 1895.
This one spans the block.
Another one that spans a fenceline for a block.
Stickers are everywhere…
Private residence.
“Freedom of Choice” on a sidestreet.
By David Reid.
An environmentally (and socially)-conscious mural by the Women’s Coalition.
A private art studio nearby. The text running alongside the wall reads “The machine will be prevented from working at all.”
This apartment building has a mural by each person’s door.
Inspiring poster set found all over the city in December 2013. A trash can had these four plastered around its sides.
Poster: “The Black Hills Are Not For Sale”
Rabbits on Abbot Kinney Blvd
Canal mural near Venice Canals

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.

“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.”

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