River of Beauty civic arts projects communicate how essential water is to all life.

Civic Art is defined by intention and scale. Through curated and commissioned murals, posters, virtual galleries, social media and global exhibitions, "River of Beauty" intends to foster art that inspires thoughtful choices by individuals and communities concerning this precious resource. 

2018 River of Beauty program: Organize artists, libraries, patrons, etc. to participate in Stormwater Measure campaign encouraging people to vote in November. Educate about this and other water resilience issues though water-themed posters created by artists, as well as public participation through open contests, exhibited in libraries and painted as murals throughout Los Angeles, and social media around the world.

This can grow into a global virtual gallery including art exhibitions that focus attention on water resilience issues by aligning artists, galleries, patrons, institutions, communities and organizations around the world to participate.


Some examples of "Water Art":


2016-2017 proposed beautification to LA River channel walls and bridges:

Physically, the River of Beauty project went through many iterations between Fall '16 and Fall '17. Originally intended to make impact at the civic scale with minimal cost, the idea became to paint "51 miles of murals" on the concrete canvas channel walls of the LA River and showcase LA's diverse, global and creative communities. Efforts to obtain required public sector permissions were unamioulsy supported by City and County departments as well as City, State and Federal elected officials, in addition to river and arts related non-profits, philanthropic patrons and cultural institutions. Unfortunately, the Army Corps and CalTrans maintenance departments expressed reservations about the paint hindering recognition of potential issues on structural supports. The vision of 51 miles of murals bringing more beauty into the world and focusing attention on water issues to connect communities all along the river and around the world was reduced to a potential opportunity to display smaller scale artworks on temporary fencing adjacent to the river. 

River of Beauty map showcasing potential impact of painting 51 miles of murals along the channels walls of LA"s watershed that connects 19 cities. Over 200 languages are spoken in LA.

River of Beauty map showcasing potential impact of painting 51 miles of murals along the channels walls of LA"s watershed that connects 19 cities. Over 200 languages are spoken in LA.

134 Freeway piers and bridge adjacent to LA River Bike Path could become potential "Art Garden" 

Example of water themed murals along the channel walls near Ferraro Field at Griffith Park where access and wall conditions were most suitable for proof of concept project. The Army Corps said painting the walls could inhibit visual inspection of cracks in channel walls.

Example of water themed murals along the channel walls near Ferraro Field at Griffith Park where access and wall conditions were most suitable for proof of concept project. The Army Corps said painting the walls could inhibit visual inspection of cracks in channel walls.

Proposal for reduced impact project near 134 Freeway intersecting with LA River near Griffith Park with examples of water themed images like these from Shepard Fairey's 2016 Earth Crises series for the Paris Climate Conference.

Proposal for reduced impact project near 134 Freeway intersecting with LA River near Griffith Park with examples of water themed images like these from Shepard Fairey's 2016 Earth Crises series for the Paris Climate Conference.

Examples presented to governing agencies included painted infrastructure elements from Boston, Sacramento, San Diego and San Fernando: 

Patterned Behavior by Silvia López Chavez has transformed and enlivened an unwelcoming concrete underpass along the The Charles River Esplanade by creating a striking, joyful mural that echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of Boston.

Patterned Behavior by Silvia López Chavez has transformed and enlivened an unwelcoming concrete underpass along the The Charles River Esplanade by creating a striking, joyful mural that echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of Boston.

Bright Underbelly, Sacramento Viaduct 2016

Bright Underbelly, Sacramento Viaduct 2016

Chicano Park, beneath San Diego-Coronado Bridge, 1970

Chicano Park, beneath San Diego-Coronado Bridge, 1970

The Great Wall, Tunjungo Wash, SPARC directed by Judith Baca, 1974-1983...

The Great Wall, Tunjungo Wash, SPARC directed by Judith Baca, 1974-1983...

Caltrans' response to project proposed in District 7 was to suggest doing something like this example of artwork which has been approved. The idea to paint channel walls and/or bridges was abandoned at this time.

Caltrans' response to project proposed in District 7 was to suggest doing something like this example of artwork which has been approved. The idea to paint channel walls and/or bridges was abandoned at this time.



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Council of Advisors:

Our team of technical, cultural, curatorial and community advisors related to the professional art world provides strategic guidance, as well as submitting and helping select artists for consideration. 

This growing list includes: 
Obey Giant's Amanda and Shepard Fairy, Dan Flores; Beautify Earth's Evan Meyer and Ruben Rojas; LACMA curators including Modern Art's Lauren Bergman and Islamic Art's Linda Komaroff (plus several other departments); MOCA arts and education department; Mixografia's Remba family; Main Museum's director Allison Agsten; DCA and Watts Towers Art Center; Inner City Arts' Bob Smiland; Harry Chandler; plus river advocacy groups including RiverLA and FoLAR...


Potential water, art and governmental partners with relevant resources and programs: