The Effort to Preserve the Occupy Movement's Art Begins

Though the history of Occupy Wall Street is still being written, some of the movement's artwork is already receiving attention from preservationists

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While there are multiple efforts to organize local gallery shows for the tent cities' protest art, Los Angeles is taking the unusual step of organizing a preservation process for a major mural created in its encampment. It is the first major city to do so.

The massive four-sided mural, painted on plywood erected to protect a park fountain from vandalism, is awaiting a caretaker after the Department of Cultural Affairs removed it under the watchful eye of a conservator. The mural isn't just a visual depiction of the protesters' perspective. Its physical creation echoes the movement as well, with multiple anonymous artists contributing to the work.

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