Murals are one of the longest standing traditions within the world of Street Art, defined as any painting or artwork applied directly to a wall, ceiling or permanent surface either inside or outside. This art form has a vast history dating back some 40,000 years.Los Angeles had earned the title of “Mural Capital of the World” by this time and was the leading example of how a city could support the arts while giving voice to all its diverse cultures. This title was held for decades until an ordinance to clean up the city passed in 2002.
After 11 years, the moratorium was lifted in 2013. Finally, private owners were given freedom to paint their walls without legal ramifications allowing Los Angeles to reconnect with its history of murals. Currently, we are experiencing a new renaissance of mural paintings allowing Los Angeles to work on reclaiming its title of “Mural Capital of the World”.
Our documentation of these works will allow us to enjoy them beyond their time in the world and find a place in this long, rich history. We give most the credit to the artists, known and unknown, who made these works. It is one thing to see these pieces in a book, it is another to go out into the streets and discover them in person. Hopefully this book will inspire you to take part in this magical world either as the next street artist or art lover.
Book by: Brad Davis & Doug Hammett
Printed on heavy stock paper
Book Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
Page Number: 196