Beautify Lincoln Street Art Project
Posted by Alice Perez on Sep 4, 2013 - 6:05:05 PM
Local artists joined creative forces to paint a 4-block stretch of Lincoln Boulevard.
SANTA MONICA- An
army of local artists joined their creative forces this year with paint buckets
and brushes in-hand raided the lackluster walls and buildings within a 4-block
stretch of Lincoln Boulevard as part of the “Beautify Lincoln.”
spoke with the head-in-command Evan Meyer who curated “Beautify Lincoln,”
talked about how art unites people from all walks of life and reversing the
broken window effect. Art has the capacity of uniting people of low and high
socioeconomic status,” said Meyer.
by “Burning Man” and the colorful walls of Wynwood, Miami, brought along his
imaginative and do-it-yourself spirit to the blank streets of Santa Monica, as an
urban improvement and a streetscape beautification project.“Everyone
respects art,” said Meyer.
For years what
residents saw as a run-down Lincoln Boulevard with trash-filled alleys, cracked
sidewalks, and flaked storefront signs, Meyers pictured the neighborhood as a
white canvas ready to be filled with a touch of color. With a plan in-hand to
bring art to the blank streets of Santa Monica. “It was a regular commercial cesspool”¦everything was falling apart,” said Meyer.
Meyer is calling
all artists to help in beautifying their neighborhoods from lending a helping
with their artistic talents, to donating money, to making sure to pick up trash
left behind and has a 3-word message to the community about Beautify Lincoln is
“Do-it-yourself effort, gifting, and community,” said Meyer. Each mural has a
distinct style varying from each artist’s hand, with wall-to-wall murals of
eye-catching whimsical patterns and picturesque outdoor sceneries with each artist’s
signature painted on the left-hand corner of their portraits. “I plan to paint
as many walls as possible”¦I see this as just the beginning,” said Meyer.
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