The “We’ve Always Been Here” mural by Britt Westveer is complete at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd., in time for pride month. The finished WeHo Arts installation is much larger than its prototype earlier this month. It will run from May 2023 through April 30, 2024.
The 10×20 wheatpasted mural artwork is a collection of three large, printed posters featuring digital collages made from found imagery and the artist’s own archives depicting the long history of diverse LGBTQIA+ people who have “always been here.”
Britt Westveer is a queer Milwaukee and Los Angeles -based multidisciplinary artist with a focus on textiles and photography. Her work evokes both the past and the present, with a heavy emphasis on identity. Her bio states that she’s currently exploring these themes by researching the erasure of women and non-binary people’s history during the ‘Old West’ in the early to mid-1800s. Through the use of storytelling, photographs and found imagery, she wants to demystify the fables of the west, as well as generate a discussion about people who identify as women or non-binary during a time that has been consistently populated with cis-male-centered folklore and glamorization.
The new art installation is part of the City of West Hollywood’s Art on the Outside Program, the City’s temporary art program that installs rotating artworks throughout the city. The artworks can include sculpture, murals, digital art, and other outdoor works. Most exhibitions remain on display between six months and three years. All projects are subject to the Art on the Outside Program Review and Approval Process. The program is funded through the Public Beautification & Art Fund.
Stay tuned for our upcoming meet the artist Q&A during Pride Month.