Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Guide to Venice Beach Murals


Listed in order from the NORTH end of Ocean Front Walk to the SOUTH end of Ocean Front Walk

"Endangered Species"
"Endangered Species" (1990) by Emily Winters.

Ocean Front Walk at Park Avenue

"Homage to a Starry Knight"
"Homage to a Starry Knight" (1990) by Rip Cronk.

Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue

"Venice Beach"
"Venice Beach" (1990) by Rip Cronk.

1101 Ocean Front Walk [5th story]

"Venice Beach Chorus Line"
"Venice Beach Chorus Line" by Rip Cronk.

Ocean Front Walk at Clubhouse Avenue

"Venice Kinesis"
"Venice Kinesis" (1989/2010) by Rip Cronk [after Botticelli].

Speedway Ave. at Winward Ave.

"Touch of Venice"
"Touch of Venice" (2012) by Jonas Never.

Speedway Avenue at 21 Winward Avenue

"Morning Shot"
"Morning Shot" (1991) by Rip Cronk.

Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Arnold Schwartzenegger"
Arnold Schwartzenegger" (2013) by Jonas Never.

Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Luminaries of Pantheism"
"Luminaries of Pantheism" (2015) by Levi Ponce.

Ocean Front Walk at South Venice Blvd.

Venice Public Art Walls @ The Venice Boardwalk

Lazy strolls along the Venice Beach boardwalk let us revisit the many famous Venice murals.
But take a detour off the boardwalk at Winward Avenue, walk out onto the warm sand, and you will catch Venice's fabulous mural show in progress:  graffiti artists at their craft working with incredible colors and designs.

The Venice Public Art Walls   (formerly "The Graffiti Walls") can be painted by just about anyone, which is why all sides of the long walls and structures are always covered with an amazingly diverse collection of graffiti styles.  The artists' works have been photographed throughout the years and archived by community organizations.

Who can paint?  Just about anyone!
Managed by STP-LA Foundation
   info. on applications/rules (as of 7/22/16):  info@stpla.org or bruno@stpla.org, (424) 264-6564

"Endangered Species"

"Endangered Species" (1990) by Emily Winters.  Ocean Front Walk at Park Avenue

"Homage to a Starry Knight" (1990) by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue
"Venice Beach"

"Homage to a Starry Knight"
"Venice Beach" (1990) by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Wave Crest Avenue

"Venice Beach Chorus Line" by Rip Cronk.  Ocean Front Walk at Clubhouse Avenue

"Venice Kinesis" (1989/2010) by Rip Cronk [after Botticelli].  Speedway Ave. at Winward Ave.

"Touch of Venice" (2012) by Jonas Never.  Speedway Avenue at Winward Avenue
"Venice Beach Chorus Line"
"Venice Kinesis"

"Touch of Venice"
"Morning Shot" (1991) by Rip Cronk.  Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Arnold Schwartzenegger" (2013) by Jonas Never.  Speedway Avenue at 18th Place

"Arnold Schwartzenegger"
"Luminaries of Pantheism" (2015) by Levi Ponce.  Ocean Front Walk at South Venice Blvd.
"Luminaries of Pantheism"

"Morning Shot"

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"The Pope of Broadway" Beautifully Restored

"The Pope of Broadway" has a new reason to dance - the 4-story mural depicting Anthony Quinn in his famous "Zorba the Greek" role, mid-step, is now even livelier.

Restoration has just been completed for Eloy Torrez's 70-foot high mural on the south side of the former Victor Clothing Co. building, facing Third Street.

Affectionately named "The Pope of Broadway," efforts to refurbish the mural began in early 2015 by the Mural Conservancy and Councilman Jose Huizar.  Funded by a Bringing Back Broadway mural restoration grant of $150,000 from Greenland USA, the restoration repaired surface cracks and paint failure.

The restoration renews Anthony Quinn's rich legacy for Los Angeles, 
and we're all DANCING!

Friday, January 20, 2017

"Triforium" Reinvents Itself For 2020

The Triforium Project could reinvent both the polyphonoptic tower and the civic park space.

"Triforium" (1975)
by Joseph L. Young
Despite L.A.'s recent public art achievements like "Gateway to Los Angeles" above the 101 Freeway and  "Psychogeographies" at Columbia Square, "Triforium" , the 60-foot polychonoptic tower across from the Civic Center, has remained a notable civic challenge for 40 years.

At long last, renewed and inspired interest in the massive 60-ton tower of music and light has come from The Triforium Project, a coalition of artists, urban planners, civic leaders and L.A. enthusiasts eager to update the kinetic sculpture with the interactive function and quality that artist Joseph Young originally planned and anticipated.  With LED lighting and 21st Century sound programming, The Triforium Project would  also create an interactive app allowing the public "to send polyphonoptic (sound and light) compositions for the Triforium to play, inviting artists to engage directly with the work."

The Triforium Project's technological and creative improvements are exciting to anticipate, especially considering the enlivening benefits to Fletcher Bowron Square and the Los Angeles Mall that are newly possible with support from Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, Cultural Affairs, and City Councilman Jose Huizar.  Urban planning and public space design can now build upon the Triforium's reinvigorated "triangulation" function of social nexus for the public space (to cite William H. Whyte's concept), and equally creative and site-specific improvements can play their role in enhancing the surrounding Square, Mall and Civic Center.

Monday, August 8, 2016

"Liquid Shard" Sky Dragons at Pershing Square

Dancing in the air above Pershing Square is August's MUST-SEE public artwork

"Liquid Shard" is at its best with the kick-up of late afternoon breezes that lift and ripple the entire suspended sheet almost 150 feet. The effect is incredible - huge waves roll up from the west to the highest point and twist the mylar sheet into the shape of an undulating dragon. 

L.A. Recreation and Parks teamed up with Now Art LA and Patrick Shearn from Poetic Kinetics to create a unique kinetic work for Pershing Square.  Working with international architecture students from the Architectural Association Visiting School/Los Angeles, 3-D computer simulations were generated to design the 15,000 square foot sheet of thousands of holographic mylar strips attached to a mesh of high-tech fiber rope.  The sheet is suspended with bungee cords from the Pershing Square clock tower and palm trees.

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

the temporary installation began on July 27 and was scheduled to end August 11, which may be extended due to huge popularity. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Central Library at 90: Public Art Abounds

"Light of Learning"
(1926) by Lee Lawrie
As the beloved Los Angeles Central Library reaches 90 years young, it's a fascinating time to enjoy the Library's two distinct eras of public art and architecture.  For the original 1926 Goodhue building, the exterior limestone bas relief sculptures were artistically fused into the architectural facades.  The interior murals, stencil painting and sculptural lighting were designed in tandem with the architectural structure of walls, arches and ceilings.

With the Library's renovation in 1993, new sculptures and murals were integrated into the restored Goodhue building, the new Bradley Wing and Atrium, and the Maguire Gardens.

The Library Chandeliers

Compare the different approaches to integrating public art and architecture with the Library's famous chandeliers.  In the Goodhue Building Rotunda, the bronze and glass "Zodiac Chandelier" draws the view upward to the painted sunburst ceiling.  In the Bradley Wing Atrium, skylights flood the hall with light, illuminating the chandeliers and lamp sculptures as well as the glass-fronted reading rooms. 

Bradley Wing Atrium
"Natural, Technological, Ethereal"
(1993) by Therman Statom
(1993) by Ann Preston
Goodhue Building Rotunda
"Zodiac Chandelier"
(1926) by Lee Lawrie
"Americanization of California" mural
(1932) by Dean Cornwell
untitled rotunda ceiling stenciling
(1926) by Julian Garnsey

Monday, May 30, 2016

Vandalized Venice Memorial "You Are Not Forgotten" To Be Repaired

locals observe the repair effort
Days before Memorial Day, the well-known Venice Beach mural "You Are Not Forgotten" honoring Vietnam POWs was damaged by major graffiti vandalism, which obliterated nearly the entire the bottom half of Peter Stewart's 100-foot mural.

Venice locals were shocked at both the extensiveness and the timing of the vandalism just before Memorial Day celebrations, and a grass-roots effort is underway to restore as much of the 1992 mural as possible.  The focus will be on restoring the names of 2,273 missing service personnel listed on either side of Stewart's images of servicemen.  City crews were at work Monday covering up the damaged area so that the actual graffiti tagging does not get publicity while repair work is coordinated.
Venice residents posted flags to honor military service personnel