Matilija Dam: From Eyesore to Art

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Matilija Dam: environmental eyesore, work of art
photos by Anthony Plascencia
Ventura County Star

Matilija Dam is many things — a testament to shortsighted design, an environmental eyesore and a reminder of how slow bureaucracy can work. But after someone took a can of paint to the 200-foot dam last week and stenciled a massive pair of scissors and dotted line down the face of it, Jack Reilly argues the defunct dam north of Ojai has become something more: a work of art. No one has accepted responsibility for the prank and authorities have no plans to remove it.