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Venice Gets A Zipline, Calls for Muralists

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Venice Beach, Los Angeles’ beach most famously known for its circus-style atmosphere, is getting a zipline. The zipline, which is being installed on the Ocean Front Walk between Windward Plaza and 17th Avenue, will allow visitors to careen down the beach road at 25 mph. The ride, which will accrue funds to improve Venice Beach’s public facilities, is estimated to have a duration of about 45 seconds and general admission will cost $20.00. That’s general admission, folks — if you’re a California resident or have a valid public transit pass (are they assuming that you might be running late to the gun show on Muscle Beach?), admission is lowered to $18.00. Flightlinez, as the new attraction is cringing-ly named, will be open for recreational business beginning in July 2013.

Flightlinez has put out a call for artists to submit their work for consideration of painting 12′ x 8′ and 16′ x 8′ murals at temporary walls surrounding the launch and landing stations. Terms for submitting include sending links to your online portfolio as well as submitting sketches of your concept for a mural space (with the preferred aesthetic being a “High Level of artwork with a Positive, Uplifting and Inspiring Theme”, to quote the Flightlinez website in all of its Title Case glory). The selected artists will be given a materials budget and will be engaged to complete their murals during the last week of June. The mural walls will be displayed through September, at which point they will be taken down and auctioned at a local public art event, with the majority of the proceeds of each artwork going back to the artist. For more information, you can visit flightlinezvenicebeach.com or go directly to the application PDF link here.

Image courtesy of Flightlinez Venice Beach/Greenheart Global.

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