Friday, December 5, 2014
Photo by Tom Andrews.
Los Angeles has a few areas which are synonymous with street art and graffiti– Melrose and Fairfax, the Arts District, the Venice walls, etc. but part of what makes this city a true art lover’s paradise is that public art pops up just about everywhere you look. A unique area of the city which has a vibe all its own, both artistic and otherwise, is Laurel Canyon, and it’s also a surprisingly vibrant place for street art.
Famed as a 70’s singer-songwriter paradise, the area’s home prices have risen to astronomical levels, but there are still artists, hippies, and weirdos hiding out in those canyons and hanging on to the dream. The best street art in this area is site specific and captures the feeling of being in a place that is both urban and natural, a canyon made by millions of years of water but decorated by hundreds of years of humanity. The street art of Laurel Canyon is often subtle, sometimes self-referential, and tends towards the decorative. If there is one theme that seems to unite the work of artists working the streets of the canyon, it’s love.
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“The Los Angeles River is one of those iconic, overlooked aspects of Los Angeles that remains under appreciated by the population at large. It runs through some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and riding through can give you a history lesson about what life in L.A. is like and how it’s changing for better or worse. It’s also holy ground for urban art, some of the dopest graf pieces in the history of Los Angeles (unfortunately mostly buffed) were done along the river banks. The new bike paths make the river a lot more accessible than in the past and has generated a lot of interest in preservation and possibly transforming it further so time’s running out to document it as it exists today.”