Before Abbot Kinney was littered with decadent shops and gourmet cafes, it once belonged to the bohemians, green space, and the eccentrics. The boulevard’s galleries showcased the neighborhood talent, and praised itself for being an artist’s refuge from materialistic L.A.

Lucky for us, the hyper-gentrification didn’t sell all the soul from Abbot-Kinney. In some unexpected nooks and crannies, there is some art lurking in the open. I almost missed The Chaplin Zoetrope, if my lovely friend had not pointed out to me as I was walking into traffic.

 

While I was searching for the name of the person responsible for saving my inattentive heinie, my eyes landed on the stack of informative cards perched under the exhibit. The card’s map specified all the public art in the area, along with a web address of other projects that all art-appreciating Angelenos should be aware of.

 

A map to several pots of gold

 

On the reverse, the numbers explain each installation, with their whereabouts included. Thanks to Robin Murez, who commenced the Venice public art project in 2005,  she hoped to inspire a sense of community amongst all the various citizens dwelling in the Venice area. Along with unifying the residents, Robin wanted bring about a sense of wonderment and delight with each piece.

A list...of visual treasures.

 

They are always open to suggestions, and needing assistance with: locating sites, creating, inviting, organizing, installing, landscaping, CAD drawings, permits, funding, photographing, and media.

While I’m crafting my thank you card, I recommend investigating these visual treasure troves before they’re bulldozed for a new Prada store.

Website: www.venicepublicart.com

Stitch and Bitch.

My attempts to keep up with the guerrilla crafting community has been futile. I find myself discovering new trends on the page of Yahoo! news, which pretty much tells me it’s over. Imagine how excited I was when I tripped into a yarn bombed light post while exploring downtown LA.

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Tree hugging made more comfortable.

Without the help of VICE, or Yahoo! news, my rusty street art senses were tingling. I was in the presence of a thoughtfully placed, and intellectually planned art installation. I snapped a few photos, admired the needle-work, and went on my way to the Inherent Vice exhibition at the Ace Hotel. When I returned home, I dug out my laptop, and began my research.

Itsy bitsy, teenie weenie bikini

This tree is stuck in the 70s.

Yarn bombers are a community of knitters that create fiber-based art to engage thousands online, worldwide, and locally in the city of Angels. Yarn bombing Los Angeles dabbles in all genres: be it public, fiber, street, craft, social awareness, and high art. One social awareness I came across online was, “#BlackLivesMatter”, all done in yarn.

 YBLA’s mission is to create a form of community-generated, site-specific public art that is tactile and accessible, while at the same time initiating dialogue about cross-generation connections and craft history. (yarnbombinglosangeles.com)

 

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If your interests sway to the crafty and conscientious, be sure to check out the link below for all yarn bombed sights in the Los Angeles area, and beyond.

http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/