The Brig – The Mural
Speaking of Boxers and Venice on Our Private Tour
The Fight of the Century (Mayweather-Pacquiao) was coming up and one of our Los Angeles private tour guests that day was a boxing enthusiast. Well….we just had to make a stop along Abbot Kinney in Venice to show him the mural on the side of a popular old bar on the boulevard, The Brig. Once Brandelli’s Brig, the favorite neighborhood watering hole was a regular hangout for Babe “Bad Boy” Brandelli, a featherweight fighter in the late ’30s and early ’40s. That is Babe and his wife Betty in the foreground and background of the mural. The Brig remains a popular drinking and eating spot in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood on the edge of Silicon Beach in Venice. The mural was painted by Art Mortimer who many consider to be among the founders of the Los Angeles mural movement that has resulted in so many wonderful outdoor paintings throughout the city. That is the artist working from the ladder in the third dimension of this mural (click the photo for a more detailed image). Venice, in particular, is renowned for the number and scope of its murals, so many of which we have featured here in our blogs.