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disPLAY: Whimsical Street Art Project Frames the Westside

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Street artists may feel like the streets belong to them when they head out with their paper, paste, and paints. A new whimsical street art project called "disPLAY" aims to interpret the philosophy of street art as being temporal and less invasive, and to hand the power of the art over to its viewers, the people who use the street for its intended purpose.

On their blog, the disPLAY artists explain how and why they are putting up framed pieces of art on the Westside:

disPLAY. is a project that hopes to inspire a positive interaction between the street artist and those who utilize the streets for myriad of other purposes. Our frames are hung with string and stuck to the likes of telephone poles that are already peppered with nails. They can be removed without a trace by anyone for any purpose. The lack of permanence and the ambiguity of our subject matter are meant to give power to those who view our frames. We make them for you. In its essence, graffiti typically instigates a power play. What is art to the person wielding the can of spray paint may be considered vandalism by others . We aim to remove the aspect of graffiti that forces others to reckon with us. We make no attempt to exert our power upon those whose property we augment.

The first batch went up on June 12th, and a few other batches have followed since, including several framed pieces going up yesterday on Abbot Kinney in Venice and Main Street in Santa Monica. Check a few out here, but keep your eyes out for more in person on the Westside.