|James Surls, "Eye Flower", West Hollywood by Alton DuLaney|
|Richard Artschwager, "BLPs", West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
|William Sweetlove, "Cloned Dogs with Water Bottles", West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
From here, let's walk west along Santa Monica Boulevard, admiring the cafes that dot the sidewalk and the breeze that rustles through the palm trees. In a few blocks you will come to Hancock Avenue. A few parking spots up on the right side of the street, lost amongst the perplexing array of signage that has resulted in more than a few of my guests being ticketed or towed, is perhaps the most poetic of public art to be found in West Hollywood.
|Rebecca Lowry, "Regard" West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
Now before we get too lost in deep contemplative thought, let's venture farther west on SMB taking in the other famous art forms of West Hollywod, the beautiful men who call this their home and playground. The bars and boutiques of the next few blocks are collectively referred to as 'Boystown' and it doesn't take an aesthete or art historian to figure out why.
Now if you make a left at the Rainbow Crosswalk on St. Vicente, you will see looming in the distance the iconic Pacific Design Center - three epic glass structures in red, green and blue. The PDC is home to countless design firms, galleries and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), should you require a respite from the sun. But for now, I suggest that instead you veer into the West Hollywood Park on the opposite side of the street and head back behind the tennis courts to a lost little corner where you might notice a few figures against a green wall.
|Ramiro Gomez, "The Caretakers: :Los Cuidadores", West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
|Cosimo Cavallaro, "love Your Beans", West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
|Liz Craft, "The Temple of Folly", West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
At the edge of the park is the temple to the book, the West Hollywood Library, an artistic and architectural statement in and of itself. A few years back, as part of the "Art In The Street" exhibit at the MOCA museums, curator Jeffery Deitch worked with Vanity Fair, Cadillac, and the West Hollywood Library to bring us the West Hollywood Murals - three large scale murals on the parking structure of the library.
|Kenny Scharf, West Hollywood Library Mural, West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
The first mural as seen from the park, is by artist Kenny Scharf. Scharf got his start in NYC's East Village art scene and was inspired by early subway graffiti. His signature style has been featured in nightclub decor, clothing, toys, a B-52's album cover, and at least on one convertible I saw zipping along Sunset Boulevard! It is fun and whimsical and adds a great pop of color to what might otherwise be a drab parking structure.
Venturing clockwise around the library, down what appears to be an ally, one is presented with the calligraphic and hieroglyphic style of the artist know as Retna!
|Retna, West Hollywood Library Murals, West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|
Continuing clockwise around the library will bring you to the biggest piece of art in West Hollywood.
|Shepard Fairy, West Hollywood Library Murals, West Hollywood, by Alton DuLaney|