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Venice Beach Graffiti Pit



Venice Beach- Graffiti Pit is an urban display of evolving art. Set beside the skate park just off of the main boardwalk on Ocean Front Walk, it is a colorful array of graffiti artwork created by a community of artists.

          
For the price of a permit and signing an artist agreement stipulating no hate speech, violence, pornography, drug or gang references and profanity- artist can ‘rent’ time and space to express themselves on one of several walls.  Time is limited and art space is recycled allowing artist to paint over works.

Originally conceived of by the ICU organization, the Venice Art Walls or Pits are what remain of the Venice Pavilion structure when it was torn down in 1999, as part of the Oceanfront Walk refurbishment.
          
                                              The Skate Park on a quiet, early, morning.

                          
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22 comments:

dotblogg said...

wow! what a place! graffiti pit for rent is a great idea!and the skatepark!!I don't think there's anything like this in my area.. impressive!
hugs
Just

3 hungry tummies said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos! It looks so eerily beautiful without a single soul in the frames!

Dani G said...

This brings me back to my youth. I miss the days of ditching high school, driving down to venice and spending the day on that sand! Miss that town! Great pics!

jgy said...

What a great public art idea.
I like your photos too, beautiful blues.
Do you live in Venice Ca? I visited there once a long time ago, and took some pictures of the walls too, I remember one with arches like an architectural arcade painted on a wall but maybe or probably that painting is long gone:)
Happy day to you.

Suzanne said...

I've never seen these walls...being from NJ. We see some pretty impressive graffiti while taking the train to NYC. I think of how different our worlds are and how much the same. Interesting.

sherri said...

love the idea of this. and love your photos! the skatepark one especially. good eye, there, lady.

Dani said...

This rules. My son would be drooling.

I'm keeping him away from spray paint for as long as I can...

Aunt Juicebox said...

I live the contrast between the unpainted skate park and the graffiti walls.

Couture Carrie said...

Exquisite wall art!
Fabulous photos!

xoxox,
CC

Cashon&Co said...

that is so cool!!!

Fé... said...

I don't quite expect to find anything like this in Venice. I thought it would be all vintage and old. Hahahaha.

thenextarrow said...

i'm fascinated by street art. thanks for sharing!

xo Alison

drollgirl said...

it is smart to sanction an area for graffiti art and make the artists follow some rules. it sure would be nice if they left some of the other areas in cities alone.

Bossy Betty said...

Very cool!!!

Bo said...

I love graffiti...smart idea them selling a permit.

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

La puissance des mots mise en image ?

Valarie said...

Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic photos. The graffiti is incredible art. I enjoyed seeing a place I've heard of but never been to. I'm putting it on my list of things to do in life. Take care and have a great rest of the week.

Lovely World said...

This landscape is so different than my own. I don't see much graffiti art in rural Massachusetts!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

We LOVE that skate park! We don't skate, but love to watch the skateboarders. They are REALLY good.

Galit said...

Beautiful project! I love this idea of positive graffiti and making it legal and accessible in public spaces.
It is great to see more and more community projects like this one popping up!!

Galit said...

By the way, are you familiar with this: http://www.streetartview.com?
A collaborative collection of street art powered by Google Maps. Genius!

Stash Maleski said...

Thanks for all the feedback on the Venice Art Walls. I just wanted to let you know that the permits have always been free. I am the Curator of the Venice Art Walls and the Director of ICU Art, the organization that has managed the Venice Art Walls program since 2000 when the area was remodeled and became officially legal. You can visit the walls any day, but there is only painting on weekends. Anyone can paint as long as you have ID and your paint. Stash Maleski www.veniceartwalls.com

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