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  1. Luis
    February 27, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Like other creative entrepreneurs in the community, this is the reason I left. This is typical Downey politics and the reason why it has lost unique individuals who could both, make a change in the art culture that is lacking in Downey and two, improve business revenue for other small businesses in the Downtown area. The city will never understand the fact that Art is the marketing tool that this community needs to bring tourism from local markets and improve it’s economy, but more importantly, its visibility with consumers that are looking for a shared experience somewhere else.

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    • mol fio
      February 28, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      in the authoritative Wikipedia, when anyone searches for Downey, California, the most prominent buildings listed are 2 restaurants: The first ever Taco Bell, and the oldest surviving original McDonald’s golden arches (the only historical landmark & museum listed for the city of Downey)
      The most recent major event listed was the filming of the movie “Pineapple Express” along Florence Ave in 2008.
      Surely Downey can be much more than it currently appears to be in the Wikipedia.

      Roy Shabla transformed a grey box at the corner of Florence & Arrington into a “We Are Now” artwork to show how art can “DIGNIFY DOWNEY” It saddens me that Downey city officials responded by painting over the artwork.

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  2. Dianne
    February 28, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    What a lovely idea to beautify the city. What a shame that the city decided to immediately paint over it. Surely there must have been other alternatives? How tragic that this wonderful piece of art is lost except for the pictures.

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  3. Colleen
    February 28, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Way to go, Mr. Shabla! I’m so sorry to hear your art was painted over.

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  4. Gabriel
    February 28, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    That electrical box came out beautiful…I cant beleive they painted over it. It looks even uglier than it did before. This city needs to change or else everything in this city is going to be dull and bland like that electrical box. Dissent is not disloyalty.

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  5. verges
    February 28, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    the fate of Mr. Shabla’s piece is in the spirit of most street art. The beauty is transient and all the more valuable.

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  6. cool ray
    February 28, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    well that’s just your opinion man

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  7. Elizabeth
    February 28, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    I ‘am a friend of Roy’s and I know how passionate he
    is about his art work and how proud he is of being
    from Downey. I can’t imagine what hurt more losing
    his art work or knowing Downey the place he loves took
    it away.

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  8. greenie arts
    February 28, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    The transformative process that enriched the city of Downey — even for just a brief few days — will long remain in the hearts of those fortunate enough to partake in its beauty. Thank you Roy, for your contributions towards making the city of Downey a better and more substantive place to live. <3

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  9. morgana1166
    February 29, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Ironically, the controversy over Roy Shabla’s artwork has probably been more successful in bringing art to the forefront of people’s minds than if the City of Downey had just left his piece untouched. And… in their backward effort to censor him, they couldn’t have been more helpful in promoting Roy as an artist!

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  10. John Brantingham
    February 29, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Roy Shabla’s work should be celebrated. Art can exist as part of the public realm as a way to make each moment of our lives more meaningful and beautiful. It does not need to be conscripted to museums in other cities for other people. Mr. Shabla should be paid, not painted over.

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  11. Therese
    March 1, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I also am a great fan & friend of Mr. Shabla & totally agree w/ Morgana. Art by its’ very nature, provokes & incites discussion. I have no doubt Mr. Shabla will continue his artistic endeavors & by that effort, maintain the discussion and community enlightenment.

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  12. Firestone Designer
    March 3, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Well, looks like we owe Roy Shabla for taking the time to give us a wake-up call. Talking about art is a precept to having art and he has sure taken things a step further. We could thank him and ask for some of his other ideas, select one and get on with the project. Glad we have an artists willing to get involved! This can make us think and realize there are many different realities coexisting in Downey! Yeah.

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  13. Patrick Gracewood
    March 10, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    It’s easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission when dealing with government agencies…

    Now that Roy’s got people on both sides talking about the role of public art, grant him official permission to repaint the utility box and let a thousand flowers bloom in Downey.

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  14. Ronnie Contreras
    March 10, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    I own the barber shop Number 34 across the street from the electrical box, and I loved looking out to see Roy and his team transforming the ugly electrical box. I would take my clients and show them his work. It was a sad to see that the city didn’t share the same vision that Roy did. Bring back “We are now”.

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  15. Joy Neas
    March 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    I am saddened to hear of these events. As an artist who tries to circumvent channels as much as possible I know how it feels to have your art removed from public view. I would hope that Downey would value art more than process in the future!!! Way to go Roy. Keep up the good work and don’t let narrow minds prevail.

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  16. Joy Neas
    March 21, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I caution everyone that removing art from public view is not solely a Downey problem. This can happen anywhere and does as long as the public remains silent and cities unresponsive. Art is life and hope and everything that make cities their best!!!

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