Painting the rest of the booths [One Giant Art Project!!]

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE!! Everbody seems to LOVE the freshly painted and colorful booth over at Magnolia Blvd (Read – We came. We saw. We Painted. [One Booth is Done]). Besides the 100% positive feedback commented on this site, we had many LIKES on Facebook, plus I received dozens of emails from supporters, residents, community leaders and business owners looking to donate their time, money and supplies with the sole the intention of getting the rest of these booths painted asap.

The only negative I saw so far were a couple of folks on a hidden LB Patch-thread trying to turn this volunteered community beautification/art project into a union-issue. It’s not. Just like Cleaning-Up-The-Beach day, painting a mural on a wall or planting flowers on city property – a bunch of us Long Beach residents volunteered our time to paint that booth. None of us got paid. This particular booth wasn’t slated to be painted anytime soon. We did not mean to offend any beach maintenance /union workers at all. We didn’t just repaint it the same beige color and call it a day. Please look at this as a volunteered community beautification/art project, because that’s all what it was and I will stand by that (since I am the one who started it).

Moving Forward: An overwhelming amount of you loved our color palette and want to see more colors and variations of our design. Perhaps we can have a design contest for each booth? Our original plan was to paint one booth this fall, see how it goes, then work on a Paint-A-Booth day for next spring. We have all winter to talk about this, so let’s have fun!  Since it’s a grand community volunteer beautification/art project, we’re going to need your support. So please email me or follow this blog for updates.

I want to personally thank you all for your emails and kind comments. I am so proud of what we accomplished last Friday; I am so proud of the kind folks who helped out and volunteered their time and energy; I am also so proud of those who allowed us to do this community beautification/art project.

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8 thoughts on “Painting the rest of the booths [One Giant Art Project!!]”

  1. Very nice job indeed. But why isn’t this done by the city? Why must volunteers do it? Why must there be a Beautification Committee in West End that plants flowers etc.?
    No. Don’t tell me . Now I know. TILB.
    And. Why wasn’t this booth scheduled to be painted.
    Why? Because TILB.
    If the union people are concerned that’s a good thing. Maybe the taxpayers can sit on a bench and relax while the union people paint the booths and earn their pay.

  2. I think I can speak for the rest of the volunteers when I say this: We didn’t just repaint it the same beige color and call it a day. We wanted to beautify it with multiple colors. It was a community beautification project. I wouldn’t have been involved if it didn’t mean “giving it a personality.” I hope to give the rest of the booths “personalities” too. It’s going to be a giant community art project, hope you can join us!

  3. Sad to say but the prevailing attitude among the union workers seems to be that we have to accept whatever level of effort they deign to put out. They don’t get the idea of community spirit and they surely don’t get the idea that a group of people would see something that needed to be fixed and just went and fixed it.

    You all are a wonderful antidote to all those who moan and groan about how bad things are without ever thinking of doing something about them. Once again, Thank you, Anthony, for getting this project off the ground and to those who helped make it happen.

  4. I’m looking at this whole project with a whole different set of words that the Patch comments or even some of Anthony’s in this blog post.

    The booth is more like a reconstruction in public space where you once would walk by and now you pause, now you have dialogue. Its a stationary booth but this project has begun its movement. Until now there has been a lack of visual art on the most famous piece of public space for Long Beach residents. Art is essential for a healthy community.

    This booth connects people to a piece in public space that is otherwise barely an afterthought. How have we approached the booths in a general sense? Walking by, maybe a glance but not longer than one would look at a light pole. This booth is a structure that occupies a small bit of space and goes unnoticed until the summertime when it encloses a 16 year old and you see people approach it slowly, look at it and think “ugh that seems miserable” as they flash their beach pass and descend down the ramp. The booth is now painted with a modest outfit, not too revealing with colors or design but pretty nonetheless. It has a story once again that fits into the landscape of public space- it’s alive. And it wants to spread.

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