City of Los Angeles Hires Graffiti Control Systems to Illegally Destroy a Culturally Significant Mural


Photo (Before): ReignmanP

After reading numerous tweets this afternoon about the latest scandal in the Los Angeles street art community, I was outraged. Apparently, the city of Los Angeles hired a private graffiti removal service (Graffiti Control Systems) to ILLEGALLY remove one of the illest murals in L.A. Not only was this piece of work culturally significant, created by some of the world’s best known artists such as SABER, REVOK, RIME, RETNA, Os Gêmeos and more, but it was all taken down illegally. According to LA Taco, the fence protecting the private area where the mural was located had been forced open by Graffiti Control Systems and they were only stopped when the building owner, who was devastated, intervened. Imagine allowing this monumental, prolific work of art to grace your private walls only to have it buffed with out your permission. I too would be devastated. And to top off all this shittyness, the city of L.A. decided to carry out this act a mere week away from the opening of  “Art in the Streets” at MOCA.

Wow, really Los Angeles? I don’t think I’ve ever had a greater love/hate relationship with anyone than I do with you. Of the many bull shit things you do (that always reflect on your politics), this is being added to my laundry list of dismay. How you gonna go and hire a private graffiti removal service (Graffiti Control Systems) to buff some gorgeous street art that was all done LEGALLY? Are you conservative douches really that dumb? It’s not your property! Not only is what you’re doing ILLEGAL but you would think city politicians would be smart enough to use the little bit of money that we do have towards something positive.

Instead of hiring an outside private company to destroy legal and beautiful street art, why don’t you go fix those massive pot holes on our roads? We all know the disastrous toll they took during the numerous winter storms. Those pot holes have gotten so bad I almost knocked a tooth out driving on the 101. Or how about you go put money into our public parks? Better yet, put that money back into a school’s art program. Lord knows you’ve raped the education system of practically everything (especially the arts) with all those massive cuts and lay offs. *Sigh…


Photo (After): RoughAndGreedy

If this bothers you, speak up! Leave a comment below, Tweet this post, Facebook it, Like it … I don’t care what you do, just get the news out there. This is so not cool and could get much worse.

For more information about the iconic mural on Fairfax/Rosewood that is being destroyed, please visit LA Taco. They have two awesome posts about this absurd news and more information about the city of Los Angeles’ plans to remove even more historical murals. Also, it you’re on Twitter, follow these guys: @REVOK1 @LATACO @SaberAWR @knowngallery @DrewTheYours @crewest

 

Words: Sandy Burciaga

 

14 thoughts on “City of Los Angeles Hires Graffiti Control Systems to Illegally Destroy a Culturally Significant Mural

  1. A D

    The irony that a comment asked how they can just illegally do that to someone else’s property. Now you know how the rest of us feel about 99% of the graffiti we see. Especially out in national parks and forests.

  2. Drewtheyours

    Haters just don’t know. Besides, what do you suckers (zack, munchkin, peter) care if a wall is painted on? Is it your property? Thought so. Now fuck off.

    You rock Julie!

    Keep it up GG! Good n Grimy stuff!

  3. Peter

    Zach
    You nailed it on the head. Everyone trying to claim this was such a great mural and valuable piece of art. The truth is that is was such a lame piece of crap that no one even knew it was a mural. Just looks like a bunch of tagging. Don’t know why anyone would pay for something like that, when you can get it for free just by letting the local taggers free on your walls. Either way, it’s the community that suffers by having to live with that. Why does Julie Newmar let them paint on her property here on Fairfax, but not where she lives? If she truly wants to make a statement, let them paint in your neighborhood.

  4. Sandy Post author

    Zach, you must be pretty damn ignorant yourself if you don’t see the bigger picture here. Why don’t you go get YOUR panties out of a bunch and stop being such a square. Go get some culture in your life.

  5. Zach

    Look you ignorant assholes, the “mural” was tagged and erroneous information was sent to the City contractor. They were only following orders, and mistakenly thought that the entire wall had to be abated. Yes, they should have checked, but in the end it was an error on their part. The City did not send anyone out to remove this piece of shit–although it probably should. You guys need to really get a life if your panties get all bunched up because of stuff like this. Losers.

  6. munchkin

    Graffiti is not art its just trashing someones property and the neighborhood its not talent just Vandalism

  7. Chris

    With all the graffiti art around the city I wonder why they chose this particular piece. Perhap’s RETNA’s calligraphy said “Graffiti Control Systems CAN SUCK A PHAT ONE.” If so, I can understand why they would go to such lengths to cover it up. I noticed the abandoned building across from El Cid was recently painted over too. GCS could be on some kind of spring cleaning rampage:’(

  8. Chris

    With all the graffiti art around the city I wonder why they chose this particular piece. Perhap’s RETNA’s calligraphy said “Graffiti Control Systems CAN SUCK A PHAT ONE.” If so, I can understand why they would go to such lengths to cover it up. I noticed the abandoned building across from El Cid was recently painted over too. GCS could be on some kind of spring cleaning rampage, ransacking all of the cool things I like about this city:’(

  9. the 6th letter

    these guys get enough murals, this one was not that great. RIME and OS was cool, but over all kinda boring. It will get replaced with something 10 times better, but by the same ol peeps.. yawn.

  10. Drewtheyours

    Absolute garbage! Is the city trying to set some example by picking one of the dopest murals by some of the most talented dudes? They should be going after the fuckin gangsters who just skribble BS every where. But no. They’re wasting our tax dollars to erase real art by real artist who have, in this and several other cases, given us all free art, wisdom and piece of mind.

  11. Lei

    Damn this is unreal. How can the city just go and do what ever they want in property that isn’t even theirs!!?? I hope this hits the TV media. Not cool at all. LA lives and breathes street art, the people do. It’s a part of us and reps the beauty and life of this city.

  12. milo

    The owner should definitely sue but there’s so much bull shit politics already involved. This shit is bunk!

  13. Felisa

    The owner should sue the city and the removal company. I am so sick of this bullshit. Stand up and let your voice be heard. I am going to call the owner of this buliding and let him know I have his back. You should too. Fuck the system that’s spend my tax dollars wasting $ on this instead of children. Our future. I hate what this world has become. I am presence I am a being of love. And so are you.

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