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We stumbled across the street art in the LA Arts District by accident, while walking off brunch.
It’s those happy accidents that I want more of. And a little less of the ones where you find out at the airport you need a visa to enter Canada, even though the website told you that you were fine.
This post is going to mostly be photo-filled, because the street art really speaks for itself, and let’s face it, the pictures are what you’re really here for. But first I want to talk a little bit about the LA Arts District.
It’s actually run by a non-profit organisation at the moment, that aims to utilise artists talents to beautify the area and make it a nicer place to work and live. But in the 1970s a group of artists began taking over the downtown area because of cheap rents in warehouses that they could both work and live in.
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Not content with just working out of the area, the artists began using the spaces as galleries and so a scene began to form. The buildings weren’t technically allowed to be used as an art precinct but the industrial-use clause was later lifted.
It didn’t receive the official Arts District title until the mid-1990s, when a petition was accepted. Many artists still live in the area and their works run the gamut of styles.