Over the weekend The Venice Beach Poet's Monument Restoration Project on the 17th Street / Ocean Front Walk public restroom location was completed.
Fifth grade students from Grandview Elementary School in Mar Vista created visual poetry ceramic tiles for the 17th Street public restroom location, under the direction of Venice artist/educator Tami Smith.
The restoration project was undertaken by the Social And Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), at the behest of the Venice Arts Council.
The monument along the Venice Boardwalk was created as part of the City of Los Angeles 2000 renovation of the Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach and features poetry fragments by historic Venice Beat Poets: Frank T. Rios, Tony Scibella and Charles Bukowski, as well as Jim Morrison of the “Doors”, Exene Cervenka of the punk-rock band “X”, and actor Viggo Mortensen. The words from 18 poets are located on four Venice Beach locations: Windward Plaza – Recreation and Parks/LAPD Substation building, 17th Street, Horizon Avenue and Brooks Avenue public restrooms along the Ocean Front Walk.
SPARC’s Public Art Rescue Program is leading the restoration work, which includes graffiti removal, cleaning of the concrete surfaces, repairs to the lettering, and an application of a protective coating to ensure the longevity of the work.