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L.A. River Buff

So last spring I started a what I thought was going to be a 150′ fill-in on the Los Angeles River (Frogtown section). The first night, I rolled out 3 gallons of black/brown which only got a skinny outline done. It was more like the sketch so I’d know where to start filling in the next night. Well I couldn’t get back for the second session for a few days, but I figured “no biggie”; this was gonna be a big project and gonna take many nights.  So I stroll up there a few nights later to start the filling in, and um…. I could swear I started it earlier that week. …Where was it?!! …Buffed?!  What?! But the Saber piece was running for years. The MTA piece was just done. WTF?! Why me?!!! Little did I know, this was the beginning of something big. Or should I say the REMOVAL of some things big…

Turns out that even with these crazy economical times, they’ve come up with $837,000 to start to buff the Los Angeles River.  Now if you don’t already know, the L.A. River is not exactly a beautiful “river”, but actually a literal drainage ditch with 60′ cement banks running through industrial and unvisited parts of Los Angeles. One of the only things the river has offered has been the enormous canvases for some of the largest murals on the planet.

LARiver-Saberthe “SABER” piece. 60′ x 250′, 1997
(check out Saber himself siiting in the upper left part of the “B”)

Saber buff (a)
Saber buff (b)

Saber buff (c)
Saber buff (c)“SABER” buffed September 2009 (above 4 photos: Known Gallery)

Then, last week, they had the US Army Corps of Engineers buff the MTA piece. Yup, the Army is now working to buff graffiti. Must be a national security issue. Gotta get the army to fight art done without permission. In related news, they’ve arrested 10 of the alleged MTA crew, and are charging them for the graffiti. They claim it took them 400 gallons of paint and 4 nights to do it. They also might be seeking to charge the crew the clean-up cost of $3.7 MILLION to buff it ($38 a square ft). What The Fuck?! Sounds like the Army Corp are the ones cleaning up. I’ll do that shit for $1 million. Fuck.. even $100,000.

MTA - L.A. River“MTA” Piece, L.A. River, 60′ x 1700′, 2008

Buffing MTA (1)
Buffing MTA (2)

Buffing MTA (3)(above 3 photos: LaTaco.com )

MTA buffed“M” of the “MTA” buffed (photo: fotograffia.com)

MTA buffedMTA piece buffed, 10-11-2009 (photo: jondoeforty1)


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LA has not respect for graffiti art. Artists should be allowed to paint on the banks of the river, the river is sewage and is scar on LA. Might as well make it look better!

Comment by Drew

This is absolutely ridiculous !!! ive got so much anger when i see that … fuck the cops fuck the army fuck the authority they’re all ignorant dumbass,no graffiti artist as they are called artist should have any problem doing their art…
long live to all the people who are here to represent…keep it real

Comment by Shan

saber is a great artist, repressed shit like this is what’s wrong with our country, since 911 there’s more fleabag politicians like the idiots in this video. You’d sooner clean fifty miles of art than help rid the city of violent crime and killing????. Shit like this makes the rest of the world laugh at us….we need to take back America
love Dan Plasma
AMPM founder and current president

Comment by Dan Plasma

[…] to cover up another roller piece again on the LA river not too long after that which, according to Aloneone‘s cost a hefty 3.7MILLION dollar […]

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