First – Watch This Video:
Some want to build walls.
Street artists long to paint them.
Hand-picked by the maestro of words known as @wrdsmth – whose typewriter-styled words of wisdom have dotted many an urban surface all over the world – the roster of artists includes the likes of searing abstract expressionist @imalexinc, “Courage Has No Gender” founder @MegZany, and PADHiA, whose stark portraits under her @unfukyourself moniker probe the unexplored terrain of the human psyche.
With their creativity combined, this amazing assemblage of muralists are set to transform a 20-foot high, 168-foot wide wall in L.A.’s Arts District into the city’s newest art installation.
We’re doing this because, for one, it’s going to be incredibly cool! And we believe in the power of street art to impact communities ALL OVER THE WORLD in profound ways.
Art, when untethered from the confines of a gallery or a private collection, has the ability to add spontaneity to our lives. When encountered on the streets near where we work or live, it shakes us from the humdrum routine of daily existence, its impact magnified by the element of surprise.
Building walls is an act of division – of keeping people out. Painting walls unites us.
People from all walks of life will gather this weekend to see what these street artists are up to. They will watch them at work and we hope they will be stirred. Perhaps they will be moved to create their own works of art!
And when the artists are finished painting, their massive mural will live on and continue to inspire people.
A funny thing can happen when you paint a wall – it can turn into something else. It’s as though its inherent function as an object of separation disappears under layers of pigment and color. Instead of keeping people apart, it brings them together – creatives and fans alike.
We hope you will check the wall out, too, in L.A.’s Arts District and use the hashtag #StreetCreative when sharing pictures. The address is: 661 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.
See you there!