Veterans Memorial Park, Sylmar California
Bansky is in town for the Oscars. The debate begun in Pasadena Adjacent’s comment thread is extended by those in the know. Check out the “after” at Melrose and Fairfax and the “before” at the LA Eastsider .
The Veterans Memorial Park is at the end of Sayre road. Also the starting point of the Sayre fire of 2008. This is a very dry area of the San Gabriel Mountains. Few trees to begin with. Fortunately, much of the chaparral has recovered. The view in the second video is looking in the direction of Kagel Canyon from the May Canyon truck trail
Tonight ask Pasadena City Council candidates WTF? 6:30pm Cleveland Elem. #Hahamongna #Wildlands #woodlands #wildlife #conservation #nature
Cleveland Elementary (google map) <- hot link
Love your pic of the colour blocked Krylon cans. Can’t say the same about the finished product though…Hope you get your point across at the meeting.
I noticed the empty cans and lids littering the area, it seems like an integral part of the whole and I wouldn’t mind owning the Krylon franchise for that local.
After cleaning up a lot of graffiti, it all just looks like vandalism to me now. Beautiful day though.
MG: you go girl! did you go girl?
Vetti: Los Angeles is overwhelmed by uninspired graffiti. The “high concept” stuff is strategically placed near museums and media outlets. On a plus note, I’m seeing more of smart “wheat paste art” in peek-a-boo corners.
D: Check out Vetti’s blog. A fellow artist from Australia, who documents what I refer to as wheat paste art. No Krylon involved (most of the time).
Keith: It is vandalism. I won’t even go up Azuza Canyon. Heartbreaking. Fortunately, that water tower serves as the scapegoat for the shake and spray crowd. And speaking of heartbreak, this is from my home town blogger Walter on the most wonderful Highland Park mural. Shame shame shame (ask me how much I hate those giant water guns)
Reminds me to take a run down to that freeway underpass by Cayuga Ave. Maybe Friday morning. The perfect venue.
I’d roll with the satin sheen on weathered concrete.
Peeing and re-peeing on their territory.
Walking up Echo Mountain last week, I noticed how the human additions — the electric towers, signs, and so forth — drew the most grafitti. I wondered whether we shouldn’t erect a few concrete structures just to take their attention away from the rocks and trees.
The holders of paint brush and spray cans don’t like the upper altitude. All the more reason to hike the high country.
I rue the day those spray paints were invented. And there should be a huge tax on them to pay for the cleanup. Better still, BAN THEM. get your spray painting done at bodyshops.
They can be coded, you know. I worked for a paint company that was doing this to combat graffiti. The person buying the can has their name and address noted, and the paint can be traced back to them because it has a combination of trace minerals in it peculiar to that can. Yes!!!!
As for Azusa canyon and the once-lovely forks of the San Gabriel – seeing all the vandalism there makes me so upset, I’ve stopped going. Same for Big Tujunga canyon. Sad.
But this is such a wide-open and lonely spot, I’m going to have to take a look. Not often you find such places in the crowded LA foothills. What on earth took you there?
Hiker and Bellis said what I would say, only better.
That wheatpaste stuff at the link; some of it is beautiful.
Currently David Ocker of Mixed Meter fame is doing a post on similar material. Visit, enjoy
Willie: my house is currently a construction zone so your advise makes more sense then you could know. Satin finish for certain…and maybe faux concrete tiles for the kitchen.
AH: The water tower is a “nice” scapegoat.
When I first moved into my house, a fellow I was giving directions to over the phone heard my address and said “oh, you live above the graffiti line.” The palm across the street begs to differ.
Bellis: Good ideas all, but I think those of us in possession of an ARRP card, should get the pre-mark up rate. Of course those of us without pensions and dental benefits might find ourself a nice cushy black market to exploit.
ATC: Your welcome! Visitors, “Above the City” runs a lovely blog representing Montecito Heights. visit and enjoy
Petrea: Peeing? yes, but not necessarily for territory (gangsters excluded). More for name recognition among peers.
Jean S: Vetti and I discovered a common ancestor when I asked her if she was familiar with the Australian (politically motivated) art group BUGAUP. She told me she had done a high school term paper on them. Blogger buds ever since.
Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions
(I like it.)
Our Editor Responds: thumbs up
A very nice video, PA. But I see Dark Shadows amongst the pallete of macaron colors!
Our Editor Responds: bordering on the poetic
Couldn’t get the video(s?) to play, but enjoyed the google map tour of your area. I don’t think the Martians will mistake it for Detroit.
Our Editor Responds: try again. without the video all you have is a locked case of Krylon via K-Mart
I have a lot of mixed feelings about graffiti – I think every community should have a graffiti park, a place for taggers to do their best/worst.
Before I ever played the video I knew I would hear a lot of wind – I love it.
Our Editor Responds: good point. at one point, (1990’s post riot – cultural sensitivity period) the Pasadena Freeway adjacent “Arroyo Seco flood channel” (what we now value as the Los Angeles river) was selected for that very purpose. Political correctness? whose politics?
Our Editor Responds: she wented good
Much to explore and ponder here…
I like the mellow light on the water tower graffiti and Mr V’s green jacket (I assume it’s Mr V?). Love the clouds and the cloud’s shadows on the mountains in the other video. Love the trees and the final frame with the bicyclist.
Graffiti on trees and canyon walls, on that mural and that Banksy piece – what a shame! People have no sense of value, no concept of the priceless gifts of nature and art. A real shame.
Our Editor Responds: (on the 2nd Fairfax link) can’t believe somebody drove up and “CUT” the Bansky out of the side of a building. Do you realize how many trips to Home Depot thats gonna take to fix?
Thanks for your visit.
Muhammad rode on a horse-like creature named al-Buraq.
It means the lightning. In Hebrew we also say “barak” for lightning.
Our Editor responds: Barak Obama, fascinating.
Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, is where a piece of the peak of Mount Moriah is preserved. Mount Moriah is the mountain from which Muhammad ascended to visit heaven. The point indentations on the peak are said to be from the footsteps of the horse Buraq. Full story of the Dome of the Rock here
A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works.
Our Editor responds: a serendipitous bit of spam that for once related to the subject at hand. Kudos Spamatic!
but my mum calls me Robin Gunningham
Our Editor responds: ok
I was fascinated by the shadow that
I thought was yours – in front of the camera. But then the shadow turned and walked away – to the right. A phantom tagger?
Our Editor responds: Ah! the unexpected interpretation. Of course, our phantom tagger would be caught by an artist.
Of a similar interest (made me think of you):
Conneally and I wrote a renku sequence recently at HBS.
Oddly, these types of shenanigans (public art/guerrilla art) are how the Society got its name and mission.
A mention: chalk does not go a long way on an asphalt path, yet its (it may be) beautiful to observe its impermanence.
my poems washed away
to feed the earth
The graffitti under the overpass of I35E over cayuga street has changed since last I was there. The crumbling concrete of the viaduct the better to demarcate or remind, until it disappears, how fleeting and unimportant our existence really may be, taken as a part of the whole in the larger scheme of things.
Oh, dear, I feel a posting coming on . . . is the internet an infinite then? Or does it cling to the veracity of the country’s electronic grid?
Our Editor responds: We at Pasadena Adjacent like you Bandit. “is the internet an infinite then?” Do more and let us know. Mr Conneally’s triangle poems are a pleasure/treasure too
Those paint cans look like dairy drinks at a [Seven Eleven].
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