A NEW MURAL at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey has a glow-in-the-dark feature that could only be viewed at night and contains the name of a civic leader and the names of many communities where beachgoers live.

The nighttime backdrop at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey now includes a glowing work of art along with the traditional fire pits.
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the county Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program dedicated a new glow-in-the-dark mural by artists David Russell and Roberto Del Hoyo from MobileMuralLab at Dockweiler Beach Oct. 10. The art group collaborates with artists and organizations on projects and public programs.
The mural wraps around the concessions and restroom buildings and a retaining wall on the beach and incorporates an innovative glow-in-the-dark feature that can only be viewed after sunset, county officials said.
The mural project resulted from a collaboration with Dockweiler beachgoers and the artists from MobileMuralLab. The text-based content of the mural was gathered from participants interviewed at free events on May 26 and June 23 called Nite-Write. Crowds of more than 200 people at both events shared beach stories and painted their names and the names of the communities where they live with ultra-violet paint on the sides of MobileMuralLab’s converted search-and-rescue truck.
Neighborhood youth were mentored by master graffiti artists and assisted in the painting of the mural. The under layer of script spells out words collected from Nite-Write including names, places and beach words as well as positive messages, according to the mobile lab. Painted in blues and greens, the design evokes ocean waves.
Over the collaged text are block letters spelling out “Bernard Isidore Dockweiler,” the civic leader who in the early 1900s advocated for the preservation of parks and beaches for public use. In addition, the names of many communities where Dockweiler beachgoers live are also included. The mural’s third layer uses glow-in-the-dark ultraviolet paint to display hand-painted ammonite fossils that are only visible at night.
The project aimed to teach young artists that finding legal graffiti art opportunities is a positive alternative to illegal tagging, county officials noted. Additionally, the mural’s collage of graffiti-art script is designed to minimize the appearance of unwarranted graffiti tags.

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