The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Friday to declare Saturday "Mural Day" to mark the lifting of a decade-long ban on murals.
The resolution introduced by Councilman Jose Huizar dedicates Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013—the day the ban is lifted—in honor of the art form.
Murals painted on private property were banned 11 years ago due to litigation over a commercial signs. A new mural ordinance approved by the council in last month now defines murals as "original art," separate from images meant to advertise goods and services.
Artist Kent Twitchell, historians and representatives from mural preservation groups are expected to join Huizar and other council members for a presentation at today's City Council meeting.
"We would not have a mural ordinance without the arts community," Huizar said. "Their support, expertise and passion were the driving force behind our efforts to rid the city of this moratorium. This 'mural day' resolution celebrates the artists' resolve and talent and marks a new beginning in the city of Los Angeles' quest to regain its proper place as the 'Mural Capital of the World."'