Architectural Board of Review Flexes Friendly Authority on Murals

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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With Santa Barbara’s much vaunted Funk Zone sprouting new outdoor murals on almost a weekly basis, the city’s Architectural Board of Review (ABR) has asserted its regulatory authority, notifying arts organizations promoting murals that city permits are required. Although the ABR is known for its aesthetic fussiness, its members expressed an open attitude toward the muralists, who in recent years converted the side of Red’s and a soon-to-be demolished structure on Mason Street into revolving-door exhibition galleries for up-and-coming artists. City planners said the murals, even if unpermitted, have helped discourage taggers and graffiti artists.


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First, permits; then artistic censorship.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, that is the way it goes when demanding one does their "art" in public. You choose a community to live and work in, and the community chooses its public standards and everyone works within those guidelines.

That is not called "censorship". It is called community guidelines or community standards. They are flexible and changeable; but they do require a community based legal process for change.

Life in a community is not a 100% free-for all, really it is not. Hope you find a private place to practice your art, without feeling limited in your private expressions.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2014 at 9:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Community Art standards are meant to be challenged and challenged often.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'll go with both: guidelines, but challenge (without charging a fee for challenging as is done for zoning regs).

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So we have had urban decay on lower State st, Cabrillo and all over the Funk Zone for years...all stemming from the cities ineptitude and gross mismanagement. And these buffoons are sticking their noses into the beehive that is public art? The BAR is the epitome of everything wrong with SB govt.. What a joke.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2014 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What gives guerrilla artists benefits that property owners don't get when it comes to filing fees for zoning ordinances modifications.

Don't you need an over-arching city policy statement first? What would that policy statement look like. Based upon what findings.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
February 7, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The biggest artistic and aesthetic damage is that by the city wanting to build multi-million dollar condos in the Funk Zone. talk about a waste of space, resources and an attitude of snobby/snooty crap!
Leave the freakin' Funk Zone alone! We have enough rules, regulations, guidelines, whatever to stifle a charging rhino, yet NONE faze the developers from wanting to ruin that area.
Well, we all know they got deep pockets and the city council gets a share of the proceeds.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
February 11, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I love the Funk Zone as is/was but it's gonna be underwater anyway. Milpas has many possibilities to become the new zone.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 11, 2014 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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