Posts Tagged ‘mural’
A Colorful Quiz on a Gray Morning for our Private Tour in Venice
This wonderful Venice mural is barely a year old and is already as popular as the Jim Morrison and Teena Marie walls that our Los Angeles tour guests can see when we are exploring this beach community. Levi Ponce is the “genius” behind the artwork that celebrates the philosophy of pantheism with the portraits of many great thinkers, artists and writers who saw “god” in everything. Called Luminaries of Pantheism it is a puzzle for viewers to recognize some of the not-so-familiar faces on the wall. Most everyone recognizes Albert Einstein. Carl Sagan is familiar to many. The others, though, Alan Watts, Baruch Spinoza, Terence McKenna, Carl Jung, Emily Dickinson, Nikola Tesla, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rumi, Adi Shankara, and Lao Tzu are a challenge. It is a good learning opportunity for the young people with us sightseeing in Los Angeles.
Outdoor Art to Impress our Private Tour
A photograph does not do justice to this entrancing mural by Clinton Bopp called Innocent Wonder which we lingered in front of while walking down Abbot Kinney in Venice on a private Los Angeles tour. The mural goes around a corner and so embraces the viewer from wherever we stand. The photos we took are included in the digital tour album provided to our guests so they can print and share the images however they wish. With our cameras our guests need not be concerned about taking photos all the time and leave it to us instead. Venice has numerous murals, in fact is famous for its large scale outdoor paintings. We delight in showing them to our guests who are interested in this artform. Clinton Bopp was involved in a controversial Venice mural renovation where an artist’s moral rights, the building’s owner and The Doors’ privacy rights collided. Read the story here and when you visit Los Angeles we will take you to see the mural at the center of the story.
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.
A Crowd Enjoys the Venice Mural
with Our Private Tour
Outdoor murals are plentiful throughout Los Angeles and we take great pride in this public art form and southern California’s contribution. Venice in particular is known for its wall-sized paintings and our private Los Angeles tour guests are treated to a number of examples when we are exploring Venice Beach with them. One of the more notable artists whose work is displayed along the Venice Boardwalk is Rip Cronk and one of his most observed and talked about efforts is Venice Reconstituted painted in 1989. Using familiar images from classic painting as well as icons representing the Venice of that time the Venice plaza building wall around the corner from Danny’s delicatessen always has a crowd stopping to admire and photograph the artwork. We, too, stop for pictures. The Venice Boardwalk is loads of fun and good exercise along with some very unusual shopping and entertainment all through the year. Join us on a custom luxury tour and we will point out all the artwork along the walk up and down the beach.
Our Private Tour Guests Recall the Opening Scene
The opening of the classic noir film, TOUCH OF EVIL, is studied in film schools around the world and spoken about with reverence by film aficionados. The extended tracking shot, made long before Steadicam and CGI technology, was filmed in Venice in 1958 right where this Jonas Never mural adorns a large wall on the side of Danny’s deli. Using artistic license, Never creates a dark atmosphere for this lively part of Venice and populates the image with details not seen, or purposely disguised by the film’s production staff to make Venice into a Mexican border town, that causes our private Los Angeles tour guests to linger in front of the mural and study it carefully. Like so many of the murals found around Venice the impressive scale and artistry demand passersby pause and enjoy the artwork.
Our Private Tour Stops to Photograph Los Angeles Police Station
It is a very simple matter to give directions to the Northeast Community Police Station in Los Angeles: drive along San Fernando Boulevard until you see the eye-catching mural (and a squad car). Designed and painted by young people in the community in association with the Adolescent Medicine Division at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles the facility vastly improves the somewhat industrial look of the street in this area and contributes to the reputation of Los Angeles for well placed decorative and important murals throughout the city. When our private Los Angeles tour guests from all over the world ask that we pull over so they (and we) can photograph a mural that we pass by we realize the importance and value of public art. We have posted a number of blogs over the years of Los Angeles murals and are delighted to help provide information about them to our readers.
Murals Make the Distinctive Community
More Memorable for Our Private Tour
It is the time of year when we are requested by our custom Los Angeles tour guests to visit the beach communities of Los Angeles. Venice with its boardwalk and canals is a favorite for our passengers. We do not just drive through either. We walk through the alleys to see murals such as the Jim Morrison design above and we walk the bridges over the canals and feed the Venice ducks and geese. We might even patronize a business in a muraled building for drinks and snacks. Los Angeles has wonderful large building paintings throughout the city and not just in Venice. We can make a tour just visiting these notable locations. There is even an organization dedicated to preserving and cataloging the murals, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.
Inside Art of a Favorite Los Angeles Tour Outside Muralist
For the next month Subliminal Projects (1331 Sunset Boulevard near Elysian Park) will have on display works of Shepard Fairey, an artist inspired by his love of music and music album cover art design. The 50 works available to see in this new exhibit will be set in a record store installation with a hands-on feature for visitors – a selection of the artist’s own record collection and turntables to play the albums. Internationally known, Shepard is a Los Angeles resident these days and familiar to guests on our private Los Angeles tour when we swing by the West Hollywood Library to show off his very recognizable mural on the side of the building. Graphic art and recorded music go well together at all times and when an artist of the caliber of Shepard Fairey combines them that makes for an exhibit much worth visiting.
Los Angeles Tour Guests Meet Catalina Specialist
When we are out with our private Los Angeles tour guests we often interact with the people we meet along the way. Our guides encourage contact with the locals for our guests so inclined. A private tour does not mean we keep our guests insulated from people and activities around them as we tour. We recently met a lovely and talented woman while visiting Catalina Island. Her name is Porschia Denning. She is an artist enjoying life and work on an island so close (22 miles) and yet so far away from Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. A classically trained fine artist and the talent behind many of the murals decorating the desert isle’s buildings she also assists from time to time the Santa Catalina Island Company as a tour guide, a perfect hobby for such a gracious and knowledgeable Catalina denizen. In addition, Porschia teaches painting and entertains as a musician and singer. We show her here working on a mural outside the Aurora Hotel on Catalina (and a closeup of the completed artwork). If you are visiting the island, and we strongly suggest that anyone coming to Los Angeles make it a point to explore this wonderful place, be sure to look for or ask for Porschia to really experience the charm of Catalina.
Street Art to Make our Private Tour Guests Hungry
We always want to celebrate those artists who improve the look of Los Angeles for everyone and today we feature a street utility box in front of a grocery store in Hollywood that has been painted on both sides – and the theme is food. Melting food, specifically cheese. Above Brandon Maurier reminds us of how much we love grilled cheese sandwiches which we can assert from listening to our private Los Angeles tour guests is a universal treat. Different breads, varying cheeses but essentially the same everywhere. Universal. Maybe even grilled green cheese on the moon.
Below, on the other side of the same utility box is a possibly Salvadore Dali inspired melting pizza. Kudos to HavenArtStudio.com for giving us the urge for a southwest flavored pizza. Is it lunchtime yet? Our custom luxury tours stop for food, even pizza or grilled cheese sandwiches.