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3/23/2012

Occupy Track 16 gets washed away

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

It is a powerful thing to see a collaborative work of art whitewashed away. It reminds me of how emotionally compelling words can be, but also how easily they are forgotten.

Yesterday, I walked into the Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station just in time to see them whitewash the Occupy Track 16 wall art that had been there since December. According to a little sign that was now turned away from the visitor, the wall art had been a result of many people coming through the gallery and leaving their thoughts behind.

 An arresting mural inside Track 16 by Andrew Schoultz.

Unlike the more vitriolic sentiments of the Occupy movement, the Track 16 version concentrated more on the high principles of mankind, which was refreshing. It would be a great world if people had practiced what was written on the walls, but on these walls, people are allowed to dream.




Track 16 was a massive space and one that might ironically disappear. An Expo Line stop is planned for the Bergamot Station and would need Track 16 to relocate someplace else. The gallery has no concrete contingency plans as of the moment, but are in the midst of re-evaluating their options. So, if you have time, you should go before Track 16 Gallery too is erased from its present environment.




Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA
Phone: 310-264-4678

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