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The Venice Pavilion, originally built as recreation facility in the 1960's has played a multitude of roles based on its many contributing forces. For graffiti artists - walls, for musicians - a stage, for the homeless - shelter, and for skaters, a playground. The concrete amphitheater was criticized for blocking the view of the ocean and others felt it was built for hiding a derelict oil well. It was ignored by the city and overtime fell into disrepair. Its tear-down began in 2000, but as the city ran out of money the rubble became a mainstay of the beach, later buried under the sand. Remnants of the walls next to the skate park exist now almost as a reminder of the many layers of Venice's history.