BOARDED UP

On May 31st, 2020, Santa Monica, a coastal city that is over 70% white, was site to a Black Lives Matter protest attended by looting. The city’s main commercial district, located around 3rd Street Promenade, subsequently boarded up, either to cover broken windows or in anticipation of a second wave of pillaging; Abbot Kinney, a smaller commercial district several miles south in Venice, did so as well. Over the following two weeks – and in part due to the efforts of a spontaneously-created local organization, Paint the City Peaceful – artists and other well-meaning individuals from all over the city covered the boards in mostly BLM-themed murals that ranged from beautiful and poignant to crude and perhaps missing the mark. For two weeks at most, Santa Monica was a vast outdoor art gallery, exhibiting a largely non-black community’s artistic efforts at supporting and expressing alliance with BLM. Once the fear of repeat looting faded and the state lunged into its ill-fated reopening, however, this gallery came down piece by piece until only a handful remained.

1511 Lincoln Blvd.

Artist: @imanitheoracle

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1447 Lincoln Blvd.

Artist: @davidpuckartist

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1443 Lincoln Blvd.

Arists: @primek2s @davidpuckartist

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1418 7th St.

Artist: unknown

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1418 7th St.

Artist: unknown

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1460 4th St.

Artist: unknown

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1460 4th St.

Artist: @sammys2112

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1427 4th St.

Artist: unknown

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1426 4th St.

Artist: unknown

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1418 4th St.

@zook58

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1344 4th St.

Artists: @maitae.lion @maddox.preece

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1338 4th St.

Artist: unknown

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1340 4th St.

Artist: @coriemattie

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1211 4th St.

Artist: unknown

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1355 3rd St.

Artist: unknown

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1417 2nd St.

Artist: unknown

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1431 2nd St.

Artist: @imanitheoracle

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326 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @ginoflo

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335 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @sepghas

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335 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @notsuremyself

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427 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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427 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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431 Wilshire Blvd.

Artists: @mufasa.floats @jaimepaints

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431 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @allisonbamcat

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431 Wilshire Blvd.

 Artists: unknown

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522 Wilshire Blvd.

Artists: @crodavisuals @phoenixcomplex

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630 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: unknown @ekaterina.sky.art

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1234 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @imanitheoracle

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1311 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @davitama

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1331 Wilshire Blvd.

@tsuely 

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217 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: @artssymakk

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402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artists: unknown

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402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: @buzzmacklemore

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456 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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512 Santa Monica Blvd.

Arist: Cliff

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525 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artists: unknown

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602 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: uknown

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: @SaraSandovalArt

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: @nilafaith

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: @amysmithart @madebyblair

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artists: unknown

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620 Santa Monica Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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400 Broadway

Artist: @leicamarton

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400 Broadway

Artist: unknown

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626 Broadway

Artist: unknown

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626 Broadway

Artist: aaron.gonzaalez

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626 Broadway

Artist: @littlericky001

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727 Broadway

Artist: @conradcollective

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727 Broadway

Artist: @mikemds


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1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @muckrock

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1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @muckrock

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1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @muckrock

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1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @clairesalvo

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1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @aaron.gonzaalez

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1506 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @muckrock

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1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @shplinton

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1636 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Artist: @ginoperez

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