The Featured image by Claudio Ethos, though partially hidden on Main Street, brought riveting street art the historic core of Los Angeles. Ethos, an internationally famous street artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, created this mural in 2012 in association with the Do Art Foundation and LA Art Machine (also, in collaboration with Tom Gilmore Properties).
So, in answer to the question posed in our previous LA Quiz, where is the location of this mural by Ethos: it faces a parking lot between 5th and Winston Streets on Main. Frankly, my first glimpse of it from 5th Street caused me to do a double take. I honestly wasn’t quite sure what I had just seen. There’s a lot to absorb for a cartoonish image with such large open spaces. Being hidden by buildings and trees make it all the more difficult absorb.
Ethos used monochromatic colors to make this startling image jump off the drab wall. He is known for his use of monochromatic colors and here it was very effective. To see samples of his works from around the world, go to vimural.blogspot.com (a site that features street artists’ biographies).
The next time you’re downtown spend a minute or two and take a look at the whole mural. Stand in front of it (but be careful of the cars, remember, you’ll be in a parking lot). Take it all in.
Perhaps, one day talented artists such as Ethos will turn all the streets of downtown into a hyper art gallery. One can only hope.
Are you ready for our next LA Quiz? Well, here it is. It deals with photo above. What you see is a much more familiar image than in the previous quiz. Even with LA’s diverse population I’m sure we all agree that this photo will resonate with every segment of our city, and we all probably have some vague sense of where this sculpture is located. So, my simple question is: Where in LA was this photo taken? Yes, I’m sure you know what it is, but do you know where is it? Look at the angle of the photo. Be specific.
If that was easy, then try this- what’s the significance of these beasts? What are they doing? Why? When you go to look at these sculptures, see if you can find the answers.
(In a hurry? The answer to this latest quiz is found on my About Page)