It took three days to remove “CulverLand.” But you can watch it disappear here in less than four minutes.
The 1,600-square foot mural was de-installed primarily with water sprayed from a high pressure power washer. A soy-based paint remover was applied to some parts of the artwork, but no solvents of any kind were employed in its removal.
Power washing required nearly 600 gallons of water. Most of the resulting waste-water was pumped up by hand or vacuum, and carted off in 18-gallons bins for disposal off-site. This was done in order to keep any wastewater from entering the nearby storm drains, which empty into the ocean.
While some of the paints easily came off the pavement, others required an inch-by-inch spraying and scrubbing. We expect the remaining residue to fade within the next month or two.
It was an incredibly challenging and exhausting project to clean the site as much as we did, but it was also very encouraging, as people walked by all day long for the three days we were there and told us how much they enjoyed playing the game, and how sad they were to see it go. Many claimed it should’ve been made permanent. This was great to hear, but “CulverLand” was always conceived of as a temporary artwork. It was designed with an end date. It was meant to exist for a moment in time, and then be washed away.
For us, the whole idea of temporary art is to create something that people MUST enjoy at a certain place and time. This is part of what gives it value. Miss it, and you’ll never see it again. Enjoy it while it’s there, and let the memories live forever.
That said, we personally wouldn’t have minded a few more weeks of “CulverLand.” And if there are any desires to see it re-installed or included as part of the upcoming redevelopment of this part of Culver City, we’d love to help bring it back. We enjoyed playing it, and we REALLY enjoyed seeing other people play it.
Thank you so much to everyone who took a little time to be part of “CulverLand.” And thank you to Culver City, “The Heart of Screenland,” for helping us find “The Heart of CulverLand.”