Skip to comments.Occupy LA members want city to return murals
Posted on 02/06/2012 10:40:42 AM PST by BenLurkin
While the Occupy Los Angeles encampment has been gone for several weeks now, a few remnants of the protest are being stored by the city.
The Department of Cultural Affairs is now trying to find a new home for several large murals that were painted at the encampment.
But Occupy L.A. organizers argue the murals should be released to them, saying in a letter that the city "misunderstands the true purpose and value" of the murals.
"By naming them 'artifact,' you describe our once-living art as lifeless and attempt to frame our movement as such," the letter read. "We assure you that the occupation is very much alive and well."
The works were painted on plywood built to protect a fountain outside of city hall, while hundreds of people camped on the lawn.
Groups interested in the murals have until 5 p.m. Monday to submit their proposal.
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“By naming them ‘artifact,’ you describe our once-living art as lifeless and attempt to frame our movement as such,” the letter read. “We assure you that the occupation is very much alive and well.”
That’s one of the most idiotic “arguments” I’ve ever heard.
In other words, the plywood was paid for using taxpayer dollars, and the "occupiers" are guilty of vandalizing taxpayer-owned property...
They should have been burned the day after they were removed.
Now come on folks. They’re right. The murals have the same value as used toilet paper. That Occupy Los Angeles folks should want them back is indicative of who they are and what they do, and of their value to society.
Send it all to the city dump along with the other garbage that had to be hauled away from the protest site.
Then OWS can occupy the landfill.
“The Department of Cultural Affairs is now trying to find a new home for several large murals that were painted at the encampment.”
I hear CA has massive budget shorfalls. I’d offer the following advice at no charge:
1. Track down the vandals. Punish those found guilty in a court of law. Restitution for all costs mandatory. Public service mandatory.
2. Don’t allow any further Occutard events. There’s a pattern of Occutards abusing a privilege to use public facilities and causing great expense to the public. Enough already.
3. Fire everyone at the ‘Department of Cultural Affairs’ or re-assign them to something actually useful - like lowering taxes and regulations to make a more business friendly environment.
4. Fire everyone in State and Local government who is too stupid to agree with 1- 3. They’re better off finding a new life in the benito obamalini’s ‘green jobs’ economy.
ha ha...these murals are the great accomplishments of their lives...the hardest they’ve ever worked. How pathetic.
Can't do that. Have to get permits, environmental study would have to be done, lawyers would get involved, it could go on and on.
Remember, this is L.A.
Some will say the groups will be paying that's a few bucks to offset OLA costs but it's vandalism and should be treated as trash and permanently disposed of to send a message this sort of thing won't be tolerated and treated with reverence in the future. Oh sure, OLA will try to make it a rallying point but even Bill Maher is telling Occupy to go home.
L.A.'s gov't identifies with the Occupiers, however, so they won't send the right message, protecting the Public's property from childish malcontents.
I don’t suppose they see any hypocrisy in a movement that decries private property rights now demanding that the city turn over “their” property ...
“In other words, the plywood was paid for using taxpayer dollars, and the “occupiers” are guilty of vandalizing taxpayer-owned property...”
Bingo. Charge the people who are claiming ownership with vandalism and be done with it.
Auction it off, to recoup some of the money that Occupy cost the city.
What you do is you take them over to the Fire Department training school and let them burn them to train the Firefighters.
Better yet, they get it back after people get to treat it the same way OWS treated city and private property during the protest.
Like all socialists, they greatly overvalue their own contribution. I’ve seen better art on a passing boxcar.
Maybe the police should return action and let the K9s poop on them.
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