When we were in East Los Angeles a few weeks back, we stopped to admire this street art mural, which we hadn’t noticed before. The next day we found that the mural was part of an action movie set, with actors dressed as Mexican policemen and plenty of other Mexican details.
A few days later we found that the mural had been painted over (below). You can forget the old song lyric that “LA is a great big freeway” – it is actually a great big movie lot.
We also spotted these two space invader mosaics during our recent visit to Los Angeles. They are by the French street artist known as Invader and are both on Sunset Boulevard – in Silver Lake (above) and Echo Park (below).
While we were in Los Angeles recently, we went to the Fig at 7th shopping complex to have al fresco pizza for dinner. Then went upstairs to catch a free concert by Hanni El Khatib, one of our favourite contemporary rock & rollers. Cool evening, clear skies great music – what more could you want?
During our recent visit to Los Angeles, we ran into a few black cats. These two are both at the Felix Chevrolet car dealership.
And this Felix lookalike is at The Black Cat restaurant/bar in Silverlake.
This 1968 Chev Impala lowrider especially caught our attention at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA.
It is called “El Muertorider” (the Deathrider) and was inspired by both the Mexican Day of the Dead and western art. The painting on the roof (below) references Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”.
We also enjoyed the display of classic lowriders at the Petersen Automotive Museum, titled “The high art of riding low“. The 1963 Chev Impala above is completely covered in striking paintwork, etched surfaces and chrome – even on hidden parts of the running gear.
The low rider below is titled “Gypsy Rose Pinata” and is actually a very large Mexican pinata.
There is a good collection of Bat vehicles at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, including the 1989 Batmobile above and 2008 Batpod below.
But maybe the most nostalgic is this cutely retro 1966 Yamaha Batcycle.