Lone Pine gets a Street Art Demonstration
By Vincent Leal
On the morning of Nov. 12 Lone Pine woke up with a street art piece at their Sports Complex.
The out-door work of art appears to have been commissioned by Lone Pine High School, featuring the school colors (purple and gold) and four golden eagles, the Lone Pine High mascot. But in fact, the street art piece was installed without notice to anyone and appeared overnight in the public sports complex.
This is the nature of the art worlds current Street-Art movement, which aims to beautify and enhance communities.
And Street Art is appearing in urban cities around the world.
Street art is often created without permission and can be mistakenly associated with graffiti. "The difference between graffiti and street art is the effect it has on the environment," Vin said. "Graffiti is a form of vandalism damaging to the value of the property it destroys while bringing a negative element into the environment."
While street art is created both with or without permission, it generally has a positive affect upon the environment in which it is placed.
Also on Nov. 12 local artist Vin was given permission to create a street art piece at the Mt. Whitney Hostile in Lone Pine. On the corner of Post and Main streets the artist turned an old sign post footer into an Angry Bird character from the popular Angry Birds video game app. The sign post footer was unappealing to look at before given it's renewed appearance, Vin said. The comical nature and creative vision the Angry Bird street art piece is drawing positive attention.
"Street art is a socially conscious art form," Vin said. "The media through which street art is expressed are numerous".
Street art can be a mural, like the Migrating Mural, artist Jane Kim is currently working on at the Lone Pine Airport.
The art piece at the Lone Pine Sports Complex is acrylic on plywood. At the Lone Pine Hostile, the Angry Bird street art piece is spray paint, acrylic, and marker on concrete.
Local artist such as Marian Eaton and her sons, who are currently painting a mural on "the water tank" eight miles south of Lone Pine, Kim and Vin, are working to improve their community aesthetic and, hopefully, "creating socially conscious examples for the next generation of local artist to follow. With these new art pieces comes a renewed sense of the impact art can have upon the environment," Vin said.