Monday, January 19, 2015

Culver City's Murals

Besides being a premier culinary center, Culver City has also become one of L.A.'s newest art corridors. In particular, we've been noticing lots of murals suddenly popping up, especially along Washington Blvd. on the trendy east end of the city. Some are part of the facade of local businesses; others are public art. They are all interesting and worth a visit.

Here are some of our favorites, though this is by no means a complete list. We'll be adding more as we find more murals to admire, so be sure to come back later. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Irving Place, downtown Culver City: Lucy and Desi 
driving away from Desilu Studios (now Culver Studios,
located a block east). Painted by Francois Bardol in 2000,
this mural remains a favorite even though it is in desperate need
of retouching.

Southeast corner of Lindblade and Sepulveda:
Within walking distance of our house, this new (2014)
mural reminds me of a modern version of "The Lady of Shalott"

Palms Cycle Shop (3770 Motor Ave.): just outside Culver City,
but fabulous nonetheless 

Helms Bakery complex (Washington Blvd.):
"Helms Coach Gone a Rye" (2004), is a 3-D mural 
of an old Helms truck (foreground) 
zooming toward downtown Culver City.

Southeast corner of Higuera and Washington (parking lot)


Southeast corner of Fay and Washington (parking lot)

Northwest corner of Fay and Washington (2014): 
panels 1 & 2 of 4

Panel 3

Panel 4

(same as above)

Alley directly east of Fay (above)

(same as above)

El AlteƱo Bar (8554 Washington Blvd): Front and
parking lot murals (below)

8520 Washington Blvd.

Industry Cafe & Jazz (6039 Washington Blvd): Tim with camera


(more detail)

EK Valley Restaurant (6121 Washington Blvd.)

Northwest corner of La Cienega & Washington: Davis Bros Tires


(more detail)

(and more detail)

(and yet more!)


We finally got around to taking snaps of the murals at the Helms Bakery complex:

All four murals (2004) in the Helms parking lot at Venice Blvd. & Helms





"Common Roots, Common Symbols" (2008), 
in parking lot across from Helms on Venice Blvd

Helms complex alley off of Venice Blvd.




Suzanne said...

I love all of them. Thanks so much. I still remember my Bluebird troop going to the Helms bakery for an outing. What a city!

Cyn said...

Thanks, Suzanne, for your comments. We spent MLK day driving around in the Miata (top down!), looking for murals. Very fun. We've seen a couple more since then, so will be adding to the post. Plus, Venice Blvd was a nightmare, Monday, due to Expoline construction, so we have even more to add. Be sure to return mid-Feb for more murals!

Herk X. said...

I looked over your photos because I was hoping to find who the artist is that did the Jazz Dog Mural but I found out about Francois Bardol's work instead. I am a Street Art photographer by hobby but I'm hoping to put out a coffee table style of Street Art favorites- check out my photos on my Google+ pages (Herk Singh and Herk X.) if you are interested and if you want to learn more about the artists I'm willing to help you fill in some gaps like the LSD faces at the autobody shop are by Kenny Scharf, the bug eyed females are by Sand One and the Ali Tribute is by EVOL. My emails are on my G+ pages if you want to correspond.

Cyn said...

Thanks, Herk X. A book on local street art would be great! We definitely would buy it.

Herk X. said...

Hi Cyn, I am working on the index for my Street Artbook (My 357 Magnum)and I will be printing the initial copies soon- I still haven't found out who did the Jazz Dog Mural but I have a little more info for your blog: the skull face character is by D*Face and the Lady of Lindblade is by Fintan Magee- I still haven't taken a picture of it- hopefully it is still there. I estimate over two dozen pics (out of 357) are from Culver City and I am hopeful that I can get thinkspace gallery to carry it especially since CHG Circa has moved downtown. If you check out the book on my Google+ page, then let me know what you think of the choices I made- I went through many thousands of pics from my albums (on my Herk Singh G+ page)to narrow it down but I feel I am finally finished with the selection process- now comes an even bigger headache: finding a worthwhile printer and getting copies out to the galleries in order to do bigger projects- I envision going coast to coast taking pics on a book tour while making some YouTube clips along the journey.

Cyn said...

Thanks for this update. I quickly peaked at your photos--some phenomenal images there. Who knew there's so much fabulous art on the walls of L.A.? Sending good thoughts that your book will be successful.

Herk Singh said...

I finally found the artist's name that did Jazz Dog- Wyatt Mills. Thanks Cyn for sending your good thoughts about My 357 Magnum.