Artistic freedom can help Desert Hot Springs

December 12th, 2013 | by Reza Gostar | Comments

A mural painted by artist John Coleman as a donation is now complete on the side of the Animal Clinic of Desert Hot Springs at 13120 Palm Drive, just more than a month after the City Council approved it on Nov. 5.


Photo courtesy of Ann Woods.

I’ve noticed that when murals are done tastefully, they enhance the local aesthetic and bring in foot traffic via enthusiasts who enjoy viewing this type of urban art.

After a pair of artists, Fin DAC and Christina Angelina, completed a large mural last month at Bar on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, several fans were snapping photos and went into  the lounge.

Before leaving the Coachella Valley, the same of pair of artists also left their signature on the side of a market in Desert Shores at the Salton Sea. This piece, entitled “Shesha Sand Storm,” can be found on 3784 Scott Drive. Instagram is flooded with photos.

In Palm Springs, the city’s planning commission is set to consider a mural permitting process sometime in January. If eventually approved by the Palm Springs City Council, the ordinance would create a permitting process for all murals within the city.

Perhaps when Desert Hot Springs can turn its focus away from its budget crisis, it also can create a system of giving more liberty to street artists, or even inviting them to town. After all,  the best part of this form of gentrification is that it’s free.

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