My name is David Larcom and I’m a muralist working out of Salida. For nearly 5 years I’ve been trying to get written permission from the city so I can get a go ahead to paint a mural on the bowling alley wall.
The first amendment guarantees us freedom of expression such that a freeman can paint his property with any color combination he wants. Buena Vista understands this as they have no application nor fee. It just can’t be a sign nor obscene. I recently painted 3 murals in BV and you can ask anyone there and find they are happy with their murals.
You can view more of my work at:
* The community center
* Salida Sign Works
* The Painted Turtle
* The bowling alley
I have a stagecoach to paint in BV in the spring, otherwise, I’m done with them as the rest of the candidate walls have out of town landlords who are never interested in murals. I’m sure that’s true in Salida as well; we’re not going to get a lot of murals.
When a mural goes up, the public takes immediate ownership. You’ll hear “Hey, have you seen OUR new mural.” A proper mural is painted to please the public; all inclusive, no borders nor bias. Universal appeal may be an impossibility, but it is the responsibility of the public artist to pursue this challenge the best he can.
Please, call off the cops so I can work in peace.