LA Councilmember José Huizar Commissions 9 Murals in Boyle Heights

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 2:06pm

Photo: Jose HuizarCouncilmember José Huizar, the leading force on the City Council in adopting the recent mural ordinance, announced he has commissioned nine artists to paint murals on utility boxes on East First Street in Boyle Heights.  

The street, which is currently undergoing a $12 million Eastside Access Project renovation facilitated by Councilmember Huizar, Metro, and City departments, is also being enhanced between Boyle and Soto streets by the considerable talent of a wide spectrum of artists utilizing different painting techniques, themes, and visions.

Most if not all of the Boyle Heights Utility Box Murals should be completed in the next week or so. Councilmember Huizar will expand the Utility Box Mural Project soon to beautify El Sereno and other parts of his district. The effort is part of Huizar’s push to utilize available public space, such as the recent bus-bench art project he sponsored, for public art.

“Public Art is vitality important to the life of any great City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “As we free artists of the bind they were in through our recently adopted mural ordinance on private property, it’s important that we show our support for art on public property.  Utility Box Murals are an easy and affordable way to beautify our neighborhoods. I am hoping that this will spur a Citywide movement to promote art and give our talented local artists an opportunity to show the world the amazing artistry that we have here in the City of Los Angeles.”

Special thanks for the utility box project goes to artists Raul Gonzalez, who helped CD14 coordinate the effort and participated as one of the featured muralists. Other artists include Fabian Debora, Nuke, Lilia Ramirez (LiliFlor), Vyal One, Ricardo Estrada, Blossom, Sonji Mariposa, and Carlos Callejo.

Below is a youtube link featuring the utility box murals.

This content was syndicated from Mr. Huizar's email newsletter.