The City of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, has one of the most robust public art programs in the country. The City encourages developers and business owners to work together with artists through the City’s Commercial Business Mural Program to provide opportunities for artistic and creative engagements on commercial properties throughout the City.
Art can offer a competitive advantage for a business, drawing positive attention for the business as it is seen to be engaging more actively with the community. In addition, recent examples of murals on businesses helped increase both social media and foot traffic for the sponsoring business. A mural on Craig’s Restaurant by the artist Retna, was named as one of “LA’s Most Instagram-Worthy Street Art Spots” by “Racked LA.” And, a mural by the artist Risk on the façade of Woven Accents was featured in “Los Angeles Magazine.”
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission has guidelines for the successful creation of an artist’s mural. If you are interested in commissioning a mural, start by contacting Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator, 323/848.6846 or email@example.com.
A mural application or other temporary public art project proposal must be reviewed by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission before an installation takes place. The application must be submitted electronically using the online application form. The application should be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed installation date. Proposals are reviewed by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission which generally meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Applicants are not required to attend the Arts and Cultural Affairs meeting.
WEHO MURALIST ROSTER
Any business or commercial development interested in placing a mural on a wall, building, construction site or other location in West Hollywood, must use an artist approved by the City. Approved artists will be placed on the WEHO Muralist Roster as a resource for anyone seeking an artist for a mural project - businesses or property owners, schools, private developers or other public art programs. The intent of the roster is to provide users with a range of artistic styles from which to select an artist that fits the need of a particular project.
WEHO Muralist Roster applications submitted in tandem with a Commercial Business Mural Application will be reviewed in tandem. All other Muralist Roster Applications will be reviewed twice a year (March - September).
ZONE CLEARANCE PERMIT FEE – MURALS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Once the mural application is approved by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the owner of the property is required to fill out a Zone Clearance Permit through the City’s Planning Division and pay the permit fee. Download an application here: http://www.weho.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20054. This is an over-the-counter procedure and requires a small permit fee of $117 (updated 2017) to be paid. If you have any questions at all regarding the Zone Clearance Permit application or fees you should call the Planning Counter at 323/848-6475.
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APPROVED COMMERCIAL BUSINESS MURALS
These murals have submitted Commercial Business Mural Applications that have been reviewed and approved by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Listed as Address - Artist / Business
629 La Cienega Boulevard - Marisabel Bazan / John and Petes Fine Wine
668 N La Peer Drive (deinstalled) - Louis Carreon / 101/Exhibit
970 Hammond Street - Sir Peter Blake / West Hollywood Elementary
7853 Santa Monica Boulevard - Cleon Peterson / Kung Pao Bistro
7969 Santa Monica Boulvard - Candy Chang (installed by Cardiff Giant) / dba
8224 Sunset Boulevard - unknown artist / The Stand on Sunset
8411 Santa Monica Boulevard (deinstalled) - Machinima
8495 Sunset Boulevard - Grant Young / Pink Dot
8500 Santa Monica Boulevard - Blikeme / Al & Ed's Auto Sound
8520 Santa Monica Boulevard (deinstalled) - Thomas Dambo / Shake Shack
8520 Santa Monica Boulevard - Kim West / Shake Shack
8532 Melrose Avenue - Cyrcle / Lululemon
8650 Melrose Avenue - Ben Soleimani / BMB Investments
8674 Melrose Avenue (deinstalled) - Risk / Woven Accents
8741 Santa Monica Boulevard - Curtis Kulig / LGBT Center
8752 Sunset Boulevard - Christopher Shane / David Shane Enterprises
8768 Sunset Boulevard - Alex Monopoly / Maia
8801 Santa Monica Boulevard (deinstalled) - Colette Miller / LA Optometric
8811 Santa Monica Boulevard - Kashink / Eleven Nightclub
8811 Santa Monica Boulevard - Overunder / Eleven Nightclub
8828 Melrose Avenue - Retna / Craigs
8852 Sunset Boulevard (deinstalled) - David Flores / Viper Room
8852 Sunset Boulevard - UGLARworks / Viper Room
8949 Santa Monica Boulevard - Daniel Lahoda / Salt & Straw
8906 Sunset Boulevard - Dytch66 / Sunset Oil
9000 Sunset Boulevard - Mr. Brainwash