But Asseff, the commissioner, isnt sure the idea is working.
Some of them are great and some of them are a little much, she said. I just dont know what we are trying to achieve here.
Are we Wynwood now? she said, referring to the popular urban art district in Miami which attracts thousands to its art walks every month.
Orlando Fraticelli, who has lived in Hollywood for seven years, said he loves seeing the murals as he takes a stroll through downtown.
As he walked by Lebos mural, he described it as something you would see in New York subways.
Lebos quick-change act from his rendering has sparked some creativity with city leaders. Theyve changed the bylaws to require any artist who wants to paint a mural in Hollywood to sign an affidavit saying he or she will paint what was the mural committee approved.
It gives us the assurance that we are going to get what we are expecting to get, said Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jorge Camejo.
But handcuffing an artist into painting a replica of his or her rendering may stump the creative process, said Michael Spring, director of Cultural Affairs for Miami-Dade County. Although the county has an approval process for public art, there is always an understanding that art work will evolve, he said.
Its the nature of the artistic process, Spring said.
In an ideal situation, an artist should give a heads-up if something is going to change, Spring said, but communication is not always an artists strong point. Thats where management comes in.
We have staff out there with the artists, working through the issues that come up, he said. That way we are not surprised at the end.
Despite the hiccup over Lebos piece, Camejo told the city commissioners that the overall result of the murals has been better than originally imagined.
We should be frankly happy, Camejo said.
But for Asseff and others who arent particularly happy with the current look, Lebos mural wont be up for much longer.
Its scheduled to be replaced in the fall.