The Evolution of a Venice Mural

Nov 15, 2010 by Lisa Newton

If you visit Venice Beach you might miss this mural; hopefully when you leave you won’t.

First painted in 1989, and entitled Venice Reconstituted, the mural was commissioned by SPARC, and the Social and Public Art Resource Center.

The artist responsible for the mural is long time Venice artist, Rip Cronk, who was assisted by: Juan Burgueno Jr, Elizabeth Tenchavez, Bruce Smith, Dimitree Kadiev and Mishell Caldwell.

Here’s what the original mural looked like, which is courtesy of Cronk’s site:

Standing 21’ high x 100’ wide, Venice Reconstituted, is:

a frenetic pop-surrealistic portrait of the Venice Boardwalk in 1989. It is a parody not only of the Botticelli masterpiece, the Birth of Venus, but of the earlier Venice pavilion mural, Venice on the Half Shell. Parody provides a way to interface popular culture and art history. In the process, each validates the other as relevant in contemporary society. The ideals and values implied in the mural Venice Reconstituted are substantiated as the extension of a larger historical process that includes Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Source:

In 2009, this is the photo I took of the mural:

Venice Reconstituted

But unfortunately, you can see what the taggers did to the mural. I guess that’s what and why they call it “tagging,” but it’s totally disgusting.

But thanks to Cronk, the mural is undergoing a rebirth. When I visited Venice Beach on Saturday, I saw Cronk putting a few touches on the totally revamped Venice Reconstituted:


Standing 3 stories high, and with the gray space at the bottom, taggers might do their dirty work, but they will not be able to reach the art above unless they carry a ladder in their back pocket.

Although estimated to take a few more months to be complete, Venice-kinesis, the new name of this mural, is sure to be another fantastic addition to Venice Beach. Indeed, I’m counting the days when I can see the finished product.

Be that as it may, you can already see what the finished artwork will look like:

Taking into account the original 1989 version, previously you could only have seen a few feet of the top of the mural–but now, it’s nothing short of incredible.

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One Response to “The Evolution of a Venice Mural”

  1. O. Bisogno Scotti says:

    One can only imagine how bad a muralist must feel to have his artwork get tagged.


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