Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lincoln Heights: Art

There's art all over Lincoln Heights. Here's some of it.
We talked about Lincoln Park yesterday in the comments. I like this piece a lot, and not just because you can frame a tree with it. I like how the neighborhood rises beyond it, like its reason for being there.

If you turn around you see it's part of a larger artwork, The Wall las Memorias, the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the nation.
Roberta (Latino Heritage) mentioned this yesterday in the comments. You can see the horseshoe peeking out from behind it. It's actually not a horseshoe, but a design based on the AIDS awareness ribbon.


I don't know, do you call this art or architecture? Good architecture is art, after all. Maybe I should have put this in the architecture post from the other day. I like it a lot.

This mural has several panels. Karin posted another part, where the artists included pictures of themselves painting the mural. The whole thing is witty that way. I love how in this panel the artists incorporated the night deposit box as our hero's footrest.
I took a picture of the artist's signatures or I'd never remember that the mural was done in 1977 by Los Dos Streetscapers, David Botello and Wayne Healy, and renovated in 2006 by Paul Botello.

15 comments:

dive said...

Lincoln Heights seems to have fantastic art scattered all over it. And what a great variety, too.

I love that fence.

altadenahiker said...

I love that night deposit box. Another detail I failed to see. And now I like the horseshoe better than I did before. You give it context.

Petrea Burchard said...

Variety is it, Dive. That's Lincoln Heights in a word.

And Karin, you saw things on our trek that I failed to see. This is what happens when I go out shooting with John. We can be photographing the same thing and he'll see all sorts of things I never saw. I think Ibarionex talks about this in his workshop--the different ways of seeing, and how to capture what you see.

Latino Heritage said...

That's all of East L.A. Art is everywhere. Much of it with symbolism woven in. I love the images you chose. Favorites are the gate and the deposit box. The seal has such fine dimensions to it. Wayne Healy is also here in Pasadena, though decidedly on not such a grand scale.

Susan Campisi said...

These are fabulous, Petrea. I love that gate, too. I had no idea of the richness just next door in Lincoln Heights.

Bellis said...

Manny said the mural in the bottom photo had an antigrafitti glaze, though it's so subtle I'd never have known. I wish they would do this with all murals - it's sad to see them defaced like the Olympics ones along the 110 freeway through downtown LA.

Petrea Burchard said...

I wondered about that--no graffiti. You never see graffiti on the Virgin murals either.

Susan, I didn't either. It only makes me eager to explore more and more.

Roberta, I was thinking it's a little like Europe in that there's art everywhere you go in European cities. That's one of the things I appreciate about Pasadena, the push to put art in more public places.

Chrissy Brand said...

Some stunning shots there- really like the art and architecture.

Chrissy at Mancunian Wave photo blog

Steven said...

Those are some grand photos. What a great neighborhood. Nicely captured Petrea!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Chrissy! I'm glad you like it.

Thanks, Steven. I hope this is the kind of thing that encourages folks to explore a little--if nothing else, just take a different route home.

Ms M said...

These are wonderful! What a pleasure to have fantastic art like this around the neighborhood! Great photos.

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Who is that dude and what is he doing? I like his sandals.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I grew up in L.A. and I love the art especially the graffiti art under the bridges of an overpass..Love the Aids sculpture...
Saw your comment on Kevin's page, I've been following his photos for awhile. Like your take on L.A. art as well...I see a lot of familiar ones.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh Patrizzi, I was afraid someone would ask that. Manny walked us through this mural and told us about each panel and I was tired by then and not writing anything down. This is the first panel of a mural that takes you through Mexican history, that's all I remember.

Hi Kalei's BF, welcome! Kevin is in a class by himself, isn't he? I love his stuff. Thanks for your comments.

TheChieftess said...

Wow! I'm especially intrigued by the Warrior...he's magnificent!!! (and I love that bubble gate!!!)