Park People // Nathan Sawaya
Artist Nathan Sawaya created six sculptures made out of a toy known worldwide — LEGOS. The sculptures were titled “Park People.” The monochrome LEGO people were seated on various benches in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting in a variety of poses, the sculptures encouraged a passerby to sit along side them and interact with public art.
A gray electrical box on the sidewalk. Sounds boring right? Well, there is a current trend that is changing people’s perception of electrical boxes. In various cities in Los Angeles, such as Culver City, artists are using these seemingly ordinary objects as a blank canvas for their works. Painted in vibrant colors and varying designs, these boxes are becoming public works of art. Check out this one from Palms in Culver City. At a block party the public was invited to paint their handprints making this not only an artistic work of art but a communal one as well.
It is only fitting that in the hip and trendy city of Austin, Texas there is no shortage of street art. Large, colorful murals adorn the streets which seem to exude life into this bustling city. Some of Austin’s street art has become so popular that not only are they marked on Google Maps, but there are stands next to the work of art signaling people where to stand in line. This is due to the crowds of people ready to take selfies. The “I love you so much” work has one of those signs. I was lucky enough to only have to wait behind two groups of people before it was my turn.
Located in the heart of Austin is an outdoor art gallery. Specifically, a graffiti park titled HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Okay, but what makes this one so special? Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to contribute to the gallery. This paint park is designed for graffiti and street artists to leave their masterpieces in the open air gallery. If you are interested in painting your own work of art at HOPE Outdoor Gallery simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Deco Gecko // Harry McDaniel // 2008
“Golden Threads” Musical Mural // Doreyl Ammons Cain
Black Mountain Iron Works // Tekla Dan Howachyn
When taking your car to get serviced you don’t expect to find a work of street art. However, if you go to Davis Bros Tires you will be surprised to find a mural by Kenny Scharf. Sprawling across this auto shop are cartoon-like aliens, LA city streets, fluffy clouds and even a solar system pointing out the location of Grandpa, Bobby and Aunt Kate. This is just one of Scharf’s murals. Others can be found in NYC, Sao Paulo, Philadelphia, East Hampton and West Hollywood.
Technicolor Drip // Jen Stark // 2015
The side of a parking garage in Culver City drips with paint. Well, that is not entirely true. The paint is now dry, but the lasting effect makes the paint appear wet. The piece created by Jen Stark for the Culver City Art in Public Places Program shows white and black chevron stripes alternating with neon yellow, green, blue and pink. The bold colors add a welcome pop of color to an ordinary parking structure.