The post-industrial urban landscape of the Arts District near Downtown Los Angeles is full of wide walls practically begging to be covered with epic street art. The photo-realistic mural pictured here is one of many in the neighborhood that take full advantage of large, empty wall space.
It seems like on just about every block and around every corner in Venice’s clashed-up grid of narrow streets and alleys, there’s a piece of street art by artist Jules Muck. His awesome corpus of public artwork is both literally and figuratively part of the Venice landscape, as much a part of this confused suburban costal paradise as its famous beach boardwalk. “Muck Saves” is a Christ-like portrait and play on the evangelical bumper-sticker phrase “Jesus Saves.” One could argue that Muck’s art is “saving” Venice. But from what? The tide of gentrification? That urban-renewal process inspired by association with Venice’s edgy patina and legacy of gritty charms. A process that’s simultaneously forever sanding away those gritty edges with the moneyed tastes of the arrivistes? Yes and no. Places change, evolve, grow. It can’t be “saved” any more that it can not be saved. Muck’s work is just a beautiful part of an already beautiful landscape.
This mural is an accurate depiction of beach life on just about any given day at Santa Monica Beach. It can be found at the entrance to an alley off Bay Street just east of Main Street in the “Dogtown” area of Santa Monica’s Ocean Park (At the corner of Bay and Main is Dogtown Coffee, which occupies the space that was once home to the legendary Zephyr surf shop a la “Lords of Dogtown.”)
We spotted this cute mural in the parking lot of a popular, local greasy-spoon Mexican food joint called Ceccy’s in Carlsbad, an affluent seaside village north of San Diego, California. The mural is signed by the artist Bryan Snyder and shows a boy who has climbed into a tree and is reaching out for a single leaf at the end of a branch. There are few leaves on the tree. Most of them have piled up on the ground below. The image quietly suggests that the boy may have disturbingly plucked all the leaves from the tree. The painting is rendered in style that looks like something you’d see in a children’s book illustration, adding an element of innocence and whimsy.
The latest, commissioned street art at the Rag & Bone JEAN concept store is this mural by artist Hisham Akira Bharoocha.