Here’s How Venice Beach Got Its Public Art Walls

The Venice Art Walls are part of what give Venice Beach its ~zest~

If you have an itch to tag it up, this spot on the beach lets you show off your skills—legally.

Thanks to In Creative Unity (ICU Art), a Venice-based graffiti art production company, a valid permit lets artists paint the walls in this unique public setting just off the boardwalk.

According to the Venice Art Walls website, the walls were originally part of the Venice Pavilion built in 1961. The area was called “The Pit” or the “Graffiti Pit,” often painted with graffiti-style murals.

“It was technically illegal to paint the walls then, but was generally tolerated by the police and was loved by the community,” the site reads.

The Pavilion was later torn down, but a portion of the walls were preserved as tribute to the high quality artwork that had been painted on the walls for years. By 2007, the area was renamed to Venice Public Art Walls and ICU Art became its curator.

Today, the walls are only open for painting on the weekends. Tap here to read the complete set of rules if you’d like to leave your artistic mark.

Even if you aren’t an artist, it’s worth checking out.

The murals are always changing, the backdrop is the Pacific Ocean, and suspiciously—it always smells like a gal with the first name Mary, last name Jane.

Find it next to the Venice Skate Park.

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