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October 2008

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Monday, October 20, 2008 Oil and Greed

MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope

As of this date, the rapacious oil companies and their greed seem a secondary economic issue, as the world financial systems the banks and the credit markets seem near collapse. Oil prices have, in fact, collapsed. That is not the problem, just a subset of a far larger problem.  Political art can become quaint very quickly.

But here at the far end of Melrose Avenue, at Heliotrope, is a fairly new mural tagged MSK (one of the local crews) all about oil and greed, with hyenas representing the major corporations. Secondarily it seems to be an anti-Disney effort the dark side of all the Bambi stuff.

This is a few miles east of the beyond-hip stretch of Melrose Avenue, with its amazing shops and chic, expensive restaurants. This is on the west-facing wall of a laundry, looming over a parking lot, one block west of the Braille Institute on Vermont and Los Angeles City College, in what's called the Bicycle District.

It's good.

MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope

Upper left

MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope

Upper right

MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope
MSK Oil and Greed Mural, Melrose Avenue at Heliotrope

Nearby

Art is a Hammer
Art is a Hammer, negative print
Art in Decline

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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