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.
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.
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.
KCET's Departures has extensively covered the ongoing mural policy debate in Los Angeles. Catch up here:
- Mural Conflict Has Artists Calling for 'Respect'
- Understanding City Policy is the First Step In Reviving Murals in Los Angeles
- Before Paint Comes Paperwork: Murals As Seen By Code Breakers
- New Motion Seeks To Identify L.A.'s Murals As Art, Not Signs
- Roaming the 'Street' Arts District
- Bending The Rules: The Arts District as a Haven For Street 'Murals'
- Street Art, Graffiti, Tagging -- Same or Different? MOCA Show Blurs Debate
- The Politics of Murals Has L.A.'s Legacy Fading
- Graffiti: NY Subways Brought 'Art to the People,' LA Trains Bring 'People to the Art'