International Artists Descend on St. Louis for ‘Paint Louis’

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – This weekend, artists from all over the world, including Japan, Brazil and South Africa, will descend on the south flood wall for ‘Paint Louis’ 2016.

“Paint Louis is an international art festival where we bring street and mural artists from around the world to paint the flood wall. Street and mural art is also known as graffiti art,” says production and promotional manager John Harrington.

Harrington says Paint Louis began in 1996, although it wasn’t held every year.

He says in 1998, artists painted on businesses and private property without permission, and the city shut it down.

But Harrington says the artists coming this year were asked to send a portfolio in order to be chosen to take part in the event. The event has permits from the city of St. Louis, and is even bonded and insured.

The flood wall is 20-feet-by-4-miles.

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