Nothing brightens my day quite like seeing a beautiful piece of art smack dab in the middle of everyday life. I recently came across some amazing murals on the West Side that made me feel sone type of way. First up, this striking black and orange piece. I call it “Eye of the Tiger,” but I’m pretty sure the artist came up with something way better. I can almost feel the big fella breathing on me. And check out the intricacies of the background that frames the tiger. Stunning!
Keep reading after the jump to see what my eyes spied in passing through Santa Monica and Culver City.
Los Angeles being the eclectic hodgepodge that is, finding abandoned furniture on the sidewalks any alleyways is an everyday occurrence. However, rarely does one find said object fit to claim for one’s self. Well, there was that one time I answered the call of a trio of chairs beckoning me from my alleyway. Don’t judge! On a recent jaunt through Mar Vista, I happened upon this pretty rad abandoned chair and I have to admit, I immediately started devising a plan in my head of how to get this awesome piece of furniture to my apartment some 30 miles away. This is one of the rare found objects that I wouldn’t have minded giving a little TLC to. Yes, the cushion was MIA. Yes, it had a bum leg. But that’s nothing a trip to the thrift shop and hardware store couldn’t fix. I also was quite fond of the jungle scene unfolding on the fabric: stately elephants, tiny people and their dealings, curious monkeys and ample foliage. It would have made the perfect accent chair for my living room. A tight squeeze for sure, but a one-of-a-kind prize, no less. Long story short, I didn’t take home this diamond in the rough and I’m wondering what became of it. Hopefully someone with more patience, living space and a pick-up truck gave my little friend a new lease on life! I guess I’ll never know.
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When I used to play softball at a park off Washington in Culver City, I would catch momentary glimpses of street art peeking from behind narrow alleyways, unassuming street corners and the back sides of buildings. Week by week, for example, I saw the Muhammad Ali (“His momma name him Clay, I’ma call him Clay”) mural come to life, first as a rough sketch and then in layers of color. I hadn’t been in the ‘hood in a hot minute, so on a happenstance trip back, I took a stroll down memory lane and snapped some photos of wonderful pieces of street art in Culver City. Some of these works were originally taken out of context but when I got to see them straight on, I was able to unlock the true essence of the various murals. Each of the pieces reflects the artists’ unique style and create a dramatic contrast to the worlds around them. I wish I could frame the young Michael Jackson poster, and the mural with the twins and flying pizza made me wonder what was going on in the artist’s mind when this piece came to fruition. If you’re ever in the Dub C, I highly recommend getting out of your car and viewing these priceless works of art up close.
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Whether abstract, with a clear message or showcasing a familiar face, these pieces of street art gave me life. Each of them is dope in their own unique way. Take a closer look at these gems I happened upon: street art in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles after the jump!
I was walking to my office when I happened upon these two nondescript scraps of paper strewn across the dusty concrete. When I took a closer look, I discovered that these were something entirely different: luggage tags. And I was dying to know the backstory.
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All we need is love, right?! Well, this piece found in Culver City serves up plenty of it. I discovered this gem one morning on the way to work, when Waze navigated me down a random side street. I was so struck by this wall that I had to stop and capture a photo of it.
In this Found Objects post, you’ll see some of street art on the Westside of L.A. and around my ‘hood in Long Beach. Get into it after he jump!
In this post you’ll find a collection of some awesome street art in Long Beach, Hollywood and Downtown L.A. This piece of a cool kid lounging with his best friend resting on his knee, his favorite mode of transportation at his feet and a smartphone in hand is striking. And not just because it’s ginormous. It’s a burst of colorful fun. See more of this BumbleBeeLovesYou piece after the jump!
Oh, Long Beach. How I love your eclectic style! Whether found while driving on one of the city’s busiest streets or while passing through the East Village Arts District happenstance, these murals each made me feel something.
See more of these eye-popping pieces up close after the jump, and maybe you’ll feel something, too!
This is a collection of the street art I’ve happened upon while out and about throughout the City of Angels. From Downtown L.A. to Mar Vista, to Hollywood, these pieces beckon to be seen as unusual among the usual. In each of these instances, what I discovered caused me to take pause and appreciate the view.
See more of these murals, up close and personal, after the jump!
Photo by Crystal
While out and about in Santa Monica this past weekend, my friends and I happened upon this vibrant mural off Main Street (Let’s be honest … we were on our way to get a gelati from Rita’s). You can’t help but stop and drink in this bright and bold beauty. Artist Ruben Rojas’ piece reads, “Anything Can Happen, Anything Can BE.” I just love how the dandelion pappi just dance down the wall. I can feel the movement. Aside from this piece having a positive message, it did something for my soul. It reminded me that it’s OK to make wishes and have that childlike sense of wonder. What ever happened to believing that all things are possible?
I dug a little deeper and discovered that this mural is a part of a larger plan to visually enhance neighborhoods in Los Angeles and beyond. Called Beautify Earth, the ongoing community project is “dedicated to making the world a better place, by bringing color to our neighborhoods and streets.” Well when you put it like that, I’m all for it.