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Melrose Could Turn Into A Virtual 'Street Art Museum'

Art in an alley (Photo by via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Melrose Avenue might get a bunch of new street art that, when completed, visitors could tour like a museum using an app. The new initiative, known as the Melrose Mural Project, comes from the Melrose Business Improvement District (BID), Beverly Press reports. As many as 10 to 15 walls would be covered with fresh art, and then a mobile app would act as a guide to the pieces in the neighborhood. The project was announced at a recent pop-up show featuring artists including Dytch66 and Annie Preece. Artist and Oxygen's Street Art Throwdown host Justin Bua would curate the Melrose Mural Project. BID will work with property owners, the city and the artists to help bring it all together.

The art that already exists in the area is largely thanks to CBS, a street art crew that's been in operation for the last 30 years. Bua told Beverly Press that the project would also involve bringing in new talent to collaborate with CBS. "We're trying to pay homage to CBS and art," he said. "What is really attractive about Melrose, and different than almost every place in L.A. and the world, is the art."

Bua said they'll be looking at walls and trying to carefully choose which will work for the project. Dytch666, who is a member of CBS, said that it'd be great if "people could see our work and it would make things more official and give a better understanding to us, since as a community, I think people are still confused."

More murals have been popping up in Los Angeles since they became legal in 2013, especially downtown, where you can actually take a guided tour of the Arts District's street art.

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