Risk and Bio
Friday evening we turned onto Sunset from Santa Monica, passing the Risk and Bio side of the Sunset Junction wall. It is always a welcome sight, signaling almost being home. It had been there almost two years, lasting longer than other iterations of the wall.
Saturday night, actually very early Sunday morning, we drove down Sunset. My welcome home sight was gone. I thought maybe one side had just been painted over in prep for another mural. I turned in my seat to catch a reassuring glance at the Mear One side. Not only were both murals gone, but the actual wall had been removed.
Shepard Fairey (taken by Larimie Garcia)
One of my first days in LA, before even moving here, I walked by the walls when they were painted by Shepard Fairy reading Heart and Soul. Perfect for Sunset Junction. I wish I had taken a picture.
Septerhed (taken by Los Angeles Love Affair)
The next version was by Septerhed. One side said “I’ve never hated anyone” and then wrapped to the other side “as much as I love you.”
Septerhed (taken by The Dirt Floor)
After a while, it changed again. This time Gaia Street Art painted a God-like figure with serpent men. After a few months, it was time for another change.
Gaia Street Art (taken by Melrose and Fairfax)
Risk and Bio did one side (first picture), which remained until just a few days ago. CBS member Mear One kept up the other side until now.
I would have taken parts of the wall, if I had known it was coming down. I think it came a surprise for the community and the artists that it was being removed. One artist said they better get ready for “shitty tags,” which is true. Murals add aesthetic and keep tagging at bay. A landmark of Silver Lake and Sunset Junction is gone.
Ben Slow and Mear One
Mear One and Tyer
But, business must go on. Behind the wall, there is a small store that had been unoccupied for the past few years. Today, it looks like they are getting ready for new tenant, Johnson Motors, Inc. to take over.