Paint my bus bench – please!

Photo by Adam Bray-Ali

The backside of the bus bench outside of Adam Bray-Ali ‘s Highland Park office is a popular target for taggers. Bray-Ali is seeking some creative proposals for the back of that bench near Figueroa and Avenue 54 in hopes of keeping the taggers away:

“After looking at the poor bus bench from my office window getting occasionally tagged I’ve decided to take some ownership and am priming it to paint.  Do you know anyone looking for a great place to spread some artistic love?  Maybe something decent instead of the scrawled ‘dog piss’ being put down by the local taggers?”


  1. I am sure you’ve gotten lots of responses to this! I would like to throw my name in the hat. I am the principal designer of a Silver Lake-based design studio and would love to have a crack at this project! 🙂

  2. Helen. Come on over and we can work together on this. I promise to take care of the bench and would love something nice to look at!

    Some small tags have appeared overnight and I need to get out and cover these up.

  3. forgot to say where we are!

    Corner of Figueroa Street and Avenue 54 in Highland Park.
    The ladies on the neighboring office have requested scenes from natures, birds, trees, etc. We are also going to do some guerrilla gardening. What plants will work well with a palm tree?

  4. While I applaud the thought and goal, painting beautiful art there isn’t a sure-fire deterent and can even become more of an invitation for graffiti thugs to “join in” the painting party, more than ever before. (Just ask Supervisor Molina’s office how that worked at the the Arroyo/L.A. River confluence project by FOLAR a few years ago). You’ll find yourself having to “restore” the art constantly, at increasing costs, until the real artists give up their well-intentioned altruism, and the beauty is scarred forever.

    This is one of those heavy plastic advertising bus benches around the area, and can be cleaned of tags using industrial graffiti removal solutions available at places like Home Depot. It’ll take a couple dozen weekly, maybe even daily scrubs to send the message to the dim-witted vandals, but eventually they WILL give up. They’re not hard workers, and if they find their own “art” missing on the next pass through, they’ll stop after awhile and move on to areas less cared for.

  5. Adam,
    Don’t give up on your goal of having something nice. There is a clear anti-graffiti coating that you can apply over whatever you decide to put on the bench.

    Thanks for your effort towards beautification!

  6. Adam – If you find that, after a while, any beautiful scenes or artwork don’t last very long without being tagged, I have a proposal.

    This is just an idea that I have had for a long time and maybe this bench is perfect. This is another type of “guerilla art” of sorts.

    Not to work against the taggers, but play with them. I know this is a tad revolutionary but I would like to go in with paint in-between their lines and add bright areas of color and pattern. Thus creating an evolving mysterious
    work of neighborhood abstract art. What do you think? ~Margo

  7. you guys are retarted!
    you have no permission to do that.
    If you dont like it dont look at it.
    Taggers dont want to see “your” art on there.
    Go bake cookies instead Margo your just as revolutionary as a broccoli head;

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