Little gems by Franki Elliot scattered throughout the neighborhood. This is why I walk. Take notice of your surroundings.
Projection LA is a conceptual art project by French artist Vincent Lamouroux. He’s taken over the long abandoned Sunset Pacific Motel, better known as the Bates Motel, at Sunset and Bates in Silver Lake.
Lamouroux and his team have lime washed (a rep said it is 100% natural and will not harm the trees or environment) the entire property. This includes the motel, fence, bushes, and palm trees. Everything.
Surreal and striking against a bright blue sky, and even a different feel at night. I saw a few pictures posted on IG against an overcast sky and everything blends together. Definitely go at different times of day and different weather to have multiple experiences.
The project is said to represent a blank slate and I’ve heard there are plans to finally tear down the old motel in coming weeks, so this is it’s last stand. Quite a way to go out.
There’s always someone taking a few pictures out there, but the official opening reception is Sunday, April 26, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
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.
Sunset Triangle, taken May 21, 2014
Sunset and Lucile, taken March 25, 2014
The way people treat animals shows their true character. Kindness and compassion to animals is lacking in the modern food industry which utilizes factory farming. Free range, cage free, natural…look into what these conditions actually entail. It should be truly sickening to anyone that values other beings. Just because humans see themselves as superior and higher on the food chain doesn’t mean our perception is correct and should not be changed. Try going animal free. It isn’t as difficult as you think.
Love for all.
Tcake, Sunset and Descanso, taken November 12, 2013
June 10, 2014 marked the 47th school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre eighteen months prior. In fact, there have been so many shootings, with nothing being done, there are now products to protect children from being gunned down in institutions of learning: Bodyguard Blanket, The Sleeve, and a variety of bulletproof backpacks. It is not just schools and universities, countless other shootings occur on the streets, in homes, work places and public places, like the mall, movie theaters and restaurants. Plus all the accidental shootings…
I would think everyone can agree that school kids should not be subjected to this. To the Right, instead of repeating defenses and reasons for guns, what about a solution to stop this?
Be safe. Be smart.
Sunset and Micheltorena, taken April 17, 2013
One year later. Seeing the runners fall and stumble after the blast, seeing the spectators react, seeing everyone help those injured…it’s hard to forget. A few days after the Boston Marathon bombing, I noticed these small tributes. LA is with you, Boston.