Two New Street Art Murals Appear in Downtown's Arts District

Nomadé at night I Photo: L.A. Freewalls Project

This weekend two large murals were added to the growing L.A. Freewall Project's Arts District portfolio, a series that showcases urban street art in Downtown Los Angeles, while rebelling against the lack of official city policy allowing outdoor works to be created on private property.

The artistic-minded insurgents completed the pieces in time for another takeover, Sunday's CicLAvia that had streets closed down for cyclists and walkers.

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Empire I Photo: L.A. Freewalls Project

As they headed east toward Downtown, skaters, riders and walkers rode past one of the new pieces, Nomadé's "Empire," located a few blocks east of the 4th Street Bridge on 4th Place.

The 120 ft. by 30 ft. street-friendly Roman gladiator represents creative forces "trying to find his place in our world," as described by Nomadé in a recent interview. The gladiator will man his post, pointing toward the Downtown skyline as if directing vehicular traffic coming in from Boyle Heights.

Heartship in the Arts District by How & Nosm I Photo: L.A. Freewalls Project

Nearby, at a slight detour on Traction, a massive How & Nosm work dubbed "Heartship" was painted on the side of a loft building, filling a 106 by 60 ft wall that faces SCI-Arc.

The mural, perhaps the largest to date for the twin-brother team Raoul and Davide Perre, took a week to complete.

The murals are part of L.A. Freewalls Project, curated by Daniel Lahoda of Jet Set Graffiti.

How & Nosm working on Heartship I Photo: L.A. Freewalls Project

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Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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