I think I like freeway art!

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The first time I saw a freeway being built incorporating “public art,” I thought that the expense for incorporating the public art might better be spent on feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and healing the sick.

When I was in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I saw some beautiful public art being incorporated. Looked like this:

Freeway public art

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Freeway public art

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Apparently there are two major reasons for incorporating public art into the freeway structure, both of them having to do with graffiti.

First, it is more difficult for criminals to scrawl their graffiti on the surface when it isn’t smooth.

Second, apparently vandalizing public art is a more serious crime than vandalizing public property, so criminals who scrawl graffiti on this public art get put away for a much longer time with a bigger ding in their bank account.

Hmmm. I think I like freeway art!

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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14 thoughts on “I think I like freeway art!

  1. moondustwriter

    I think giving people ownership of their city / like commissioning local artists can help deter some of the vandalism. I know people who work with teens (around the world) utilizing their gifts of graffiti art. Your shots are great captures!

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  2. artdoesmatter

    Russel, I’m a huge fan of public art. While I can understand your earlier concerns, psychological studies have been done on how when one sees the art (even just standing at a train station or stuck in traffic) – it usually produces a calming effect on that viewer, since generally he/she could be stressed about their work commute, traffic jam, etc. Although I don’t make public artworks, I have an immense respect for those artists that take on those projects. This was a great read!! Enjoyed hearing your take on things!


  3. M.Winter

    It’s funny the exact same thought hit me – only a few weeks ago! I’ve been seeing this kind of art on my way to the LA Union Station everyday. It just took me six years to realise what I’m looking at and its purpose!

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