Oceans at Risk Mural Vs Los Angeles AuthoritiesStreet Art // Monday, 12 Sep 2011
A vacant, rat infested, Santa Monica located house was recently purchased a by successful builder and fourth generation Santa Monica resident, Adam Corlin. Before completely renovating the property, Corlin decided to raise awareness for his favorite charity, Heal the Bay, the environmental group working to restore Santa Monica Bay. He contacted local Los Angeles artists Risk and Retna to Working under tarps to not attract attention, a series of 142 4-foot by 4-foot panels were constructed, painted and later mounted the building exterior. Retna’s scripts reads as Oceans at Risk, Heal the Bay, Sea Shepherd, and Mad Society. In the front it reads Restore and Protect the Worlds Oceans. Seems like a positive and productive cause right? Well, the Los Angeles authorities and neighbors don’t appreciate the mural. Corlin has now been fined for having “as unsafe structure on the property.” The citation lays down the potential for $2,500 to $5,000 fines for each day he refuses to take down the "structure." Yet another war against murals and street art in Los Angeles?