Venice Art Walls

Visit or paint at the Venice Art Walls.  Also known as the Venice Graffiti Walls.   The Venice Art Walls are located on the sand in Venice Beach.


About:  These historic walls were originally part of the Venice Pavilion that was built in 1961. The specific area where these walls are located was called “The Pit” or the “Graffiti Pit”. During this period the walls were often painted with graffiti style murals. It was technically illegal to paint the walls then, but was generally tolerated by the police and was loved by the community. In 1999, the Pavilion was torn down but a portion of the walls were preserved as a living memorial to the high quality artwork that had been painted on the walls for over twenty-five years.  In 2000, it became legal to paint the walls and the area was renamed the Venice Graffiti Walls.   In 2007, the walls were renamed the Venice Public Art Walls or the Venice Art Walls for short.

LOCATION: 1800 Ocean Front Walk.  Venice, CA 90291.  |  310.399.2775

PARKING:  South City Parking Lot:  2100 Ocean Front Walk. Venice, Ca 90291.  (End of Venice Blvd. approximately 4 miles from the 405 freeway)

The Venice Public Art Walls are located on the sand in the heart of Venice Beach, west of the bike path between Windward Street to the south and Market Street to the north. The walls are located about a quarter mile north of where Venice Boulevard meets the beach. The Bike Path that runs along the beach will drop you off directly at the Venice Art Walls coming from Santa Monica or from Marina Del Rey.



Venice Art Walls

Venice Art Walls


  • Artists with a valid permit are invited to express themselves and paint on the walls.
  • Open to painting during daylight hours on weekends and City of L.A.  holidays only.  The walls will be closed for painting on weekdays.
  • The walls were managed by ICU Art – In Creative Unity.  The STP Foundation are the new curators for this historic landmark.  818.446.6787  or


As of June 3, 2007 every person painting in the Venice Art Walls area will be required to have a permit. If you paint or mark any surface in the Venice Art Walls area without a permit you will be given a ticket for vandalism by the LAPD or the Park Rangers. You may apply for a permit in person (on-site), over the Internet or via fax. The physical permit itself will be issued by the On-site Supervisor the day you will be painting. Permits are free of charge, and are issued only by ICU Art. Permits are valid for one day only and must be returned at the end of the day.

In order to obtain a Painting Permit, artists must fill out an Artist Agreement and you must submit a valid form of government issued picture identification.


Who can paint?  Just about anyone!

For more permit and rule info, visit




  1. Take the self guided venice art tour!
  2. Check out this list of ongoing and annual art events.
  3. Go to the theatre!
  4. Visit an Art Gallery!
  5. Visit or paint the Venice Art Walls.
  6. Check out the Venice Art Plaza on Venice Blvd.
  7. Venice Mural Tour

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