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SDMA And Writerz Blok Collaborate On Mural

Graffiti Artists In Museum Setting

Above: Artist Izze working on a small portion of the 70 foot mural at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Aired 12/6/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Alexander Jarman is the Public Programs Manager at The San Diego Museum of Art.

Saratoga Sake is an artist working with Writerz Blok.


The San Diego Museum of Art and Writerz Blok have collaborated on a mural inside the museum. It was created specifically to complement the new exhibition Mexican Modern Painting from the Andres Blaisten Collection.

SDMA's public programs manager Alexander Jarman was key in bringing in Writerz Blok and their team of artists to create a mural that takes images from the exhibit to create a collage employing both brush art and spray paint. The artists were asked to draw on images from the museum's exhibit that includes the work of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. The lead artist on the mural is Saratoga Sake.

Watch Evening Edition this Friday at 6:30pm to see Beth Accomando's profile of artist Saratoga Sake and a look at the mural as it was being painted. Accomando worked with Sake 20 years ago on a project for Fox XETV 6 when he and 7 other artists put up walls to promote the Fox line up.

You can check out Beth's radio feature and see videos from the Fox shoot on Cinema Junkie.

Here is a video of the artists at work on the SDMA mural.


SDMA and Writerz Blok Mural

San Diego Museum of Art x Writerz Blok Mural from Friends vs Foes on Vimeo.

Video of Writerz Blok Artists working on mural for SDMA.

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JuliusZsako | March 26, 2012 at 1:25 p.m. ― 5 years ago

"Graffiti Artists"? Don't you mean muralists? They are doing authorized and invited work which is by definition not graffiti. The cost of graffiti is enormous, and it has been on the rise for decades. As shown at , the expense of graffiti can be seen in government line item budgets for personnel, trucks, power wash equipment, solvents, paint, rollers and brushes. Yet the devaluing impact of graffiti on our neighborhoods is far more devastating to residents and businesses alike than the ever growing clean-up cost.

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