Venice Public Art by Artist Robin Murez

Discover my interactive, no-tech sculptures, hidden in plain sight, that bring out stories of Venice's colorful history.

Venice Public Art by Artist Robin Murez

Los Angeles, California 90095, United States

Created By: Venice Public Art

Tour Information

Venice is not your ordinary beach town, nor just another place with expensive boutiques and upscale restaurants. Mr. Abbot Kinney created Venice of America in 1904 as a mash up of Venice Italy and Coney Island.

Main Street, and many others, were once canals. And Venice had wild and wonderful giant roller coasters, fun houses, a salt water plunge, an enourmous dance hall, and even live camel rides.

This and more is all true and comes to life with the turn or spin or magical glance at one of the dozen sculptures I've installed along streets of Venice, CA.

Come discover the sculptures and enjoy the fascinating stories they bring to life.

With the clever toss of a coin Mr. Abbot Kinney brought his fantastic vision to life. It was a mash up of Coney Island and Venice Italy.


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What You'll See on the Tour

Yes, there were actually live camel rides in Venice, in Abbot Kinney's day.   For the grand opening of Venice of America in 1905, Abbot Kinney brought in the wildly popular amusement rides and attractions from the Chicago and St. Louis W... Read more
1326 Abbot Kinney Blvd @ Andalusia Take a peek inside and discover Venice of America, as created by Mr. Abbot Kinney.  This is Main Street circa 1910.  It was the romantic CORAL CANAL, a scenic waterway with gondolas, gardens and, in the ... Read more
Electric Avenue @ San Juan & 5th Streets Stop.  Look.  You are NOT looking at an upright painting.  This is a reflective column.  Magically, it is transforming the oddly shaped patterns painted on the sidewalk into a portrait of Mr.... Read more
1416 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Zoetropes were the original moving picture machines...And Venice has always been a movie making mecca. The First time Charlie Chaplin portrayed his iconic "Little Tramp" character was in his 1914 film, "Kid Auto... Read more
In 1910, just down the road from Centennial Park, Venetians were tearing up the floor at the enormous and popular Sunset Ballroom on Abbot Kinney Pier. (see picture) Move your hips and follow the arrows, numbers and dance steps I painted... Read more
My Ball Park is an earthworks paying tribute to the Venice Tigers, a minor league baseball team that once hailed from Venice, CA.  As is common with Venice history, the story is elaborate: The Tigers came to Venice having been caught up in... Read more
We're building a Venice themed full scale bicycle propelled flying Carousel for Centennial Park.  Until the 1950's Venice was renown as "Coney Island of the Pacific," owing to its fantastic amusement rides. These included a beautiful Dent... Read more
6th @ San Juan Street, Venice, California To transform the worst drug dealer corner in the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice into a beautiful, interesting, safe & serene neighborhood park, I invited neighbors to join me in creating an in-g... Read more

 

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