The BrandedArt Building in Culver City: A Mecca for Muralists and Street Artists

The BrandedArt building in Culver City, a block west of Washington & National, has become quite a magnet for muralists and street artists. There's a new one in the works this very minute. The above shot is from yesterday, and the shot below is from this morning.

 

Aided by the fact that these buildings are privately owned by someone who doesn't discourage the work -- Warren Brand of BrandedArt -- the site has been attracted some amazing murals in the last couple of months, including this one that only lasted about a day before being boarded-over:

Then, within days of Macho Man Randy Savage's death in a car accident last May, this tribute (?) popped up: 

 

The space has also attracted street artists who use wheat pasted posters, including Morley.

 

Maverick also has number of works in this space.

And finally, there's IN5EY3T, who on June 6 in the comments section (!) of the Melrose and Fairfax blog, announced, "I'm a new kid on the block. More on the way."

Also well worth checking out is this small paste on a corner of the site.

Here's a slide show with close-ups of all the panels, many amusing and some rather terrifying:

 

Of course, this is the same area where, last April, German muralists Herakut and Case collaborated to create three murals in conjunction with their gallery show at LaBasse Projects down the street. Look here for more about that project. It included this mural, which still looks amazing:

 

That's a lot of beauty for a neighborhood that is, shall we say, 'in transition' at the moment. Currently, it's the home of abandoned car dealerships and the like.

 

But the new Expo Line terminus is also scheduled to open virtually across the street in September, so it will be interesting to see how the area changes in the next couple of years.

 

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