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Exploring Downtown LA Street Art

downtown LA street art
Written by Edith & Juan

The ever-changing downtown LA street art scene is one of our favorite places to explore in the city. In fact, our love for street art began in this city where hip, quirky, and beautiful art is found everywhere.

Much of the art we saw, we found to be inspirational and simply quite interesting.  There are murals, small art pieces, graffiti art and more.

With camera in hand, we set out to find the most popular art pieces.  Instead, we found many surprises along our way as we ran into other cool art.

downtown LA street art

One of my favorite pieces! It’s by Christina Angelina & Fanna Kapan. 4th st & Merrick. Find their art work at @starfightera and @fanakapan

The Vibe at Dowtown LA Steet Art

The Downtown LA street art scene is a thriving one.  People are drawn to this area because it’s a rich experience and quite fun to walk around.  We could have spent much more time here finding great art, but you need plenty of time to truly enjoy it.

Some of the pieces that are very popular will usually have photographers and fashion bloggers practicing their photo sessions.  Though many people visit, we have never found the downtown LA art district to be overly populated on our two visits there.

downtown LA street art

Art Share L.A. is a two-story warehouse creative center. 801 E 4th Pl

Although it’s an area populated by homeless residents, it also has a surrounding area that is under development.  Just north of the LA arts district, you find Little Tokyo.  To the west side, you find the Theater District.  They are also fun places to explore.

Though the downtown LA street art scene is a trendy place to be, it once was known as place for industrial warehouses and factories.  However, local activists designated the area as the “Arts District” in the 90’s.  Since then, it has slowly become a place where hipsters hang out, a place with residences, theaters, restaurants, and galleries all nearby.

downtown LA street art

Tristan Eaton’s mural, “I was a Botox Junkie,” painted in 2013 702 Traction Ave. LA.

It has also become a place where artists from LA create pieces that are modern and abstract.  Some pieces are long-term while other pieces come and go.  It’s ever-changing and you find new art each time you visit. Some pieces are beautiful and I wouldn’t want them to go, but the beauty of the Art District is that it gives opportunities for new aspiring artist to display their work.

downtown LA street art

Downtown LA Street Art

Here we leave you with some our favorite finds!

downtown LA street art

By Vyal One

downtown LA street art

700 E 3rd St.

“Every piece of ivory comes from a dead elephant.”  This is the message that Damon Martin portrays in his elephant mural.  It was funded by the International Fund for Animal Welfare which helps rescue and protect animals around the world.  This was also one of my favorite pieces!

downtown LA street art

This one above is “Cream of the Crop.”  It was painted by German twin brothers Raoul and David Perre.  The cartoon on the left is by Dabs & Myla, Australian couple.

downtown LA street art

downtown LA street art

downtown LA street art

Tristan Eaton is an LA based artist.  This piece above is called “Piece by Piece.  A mural painted at the Container Yard.  The mural addresses the conflicts and debate around gun violence and control in the U.S.  You can see more on his Instagram.

downtown LA street art

at The Container Yard- 800 E 4th St.

Ricardo Gonzalez sprays his words across different places.  You can check out his Instagram at itsaliving.

downtown LA street art

downtown LA street art

downtown LA street art

A piece by WRDSMTH at Santa Fe & 3rd

downtown LA Street art

Black background wings: St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street Grey background: 801 E 4th Pl

Collette Miller first started placing these angel wings across LA but now she has them around the world.  The wings are meant to represent peace, love, kindness, compassion,and hope. You can find quite a few installations across the city. Three are pictured above.  Her art work can be found here.

downtown LA street art

Santa Fe & 3rd

Go on Instagram and hashtag #lovewall or #bleedinghearts to see art pieces by artist and muralist James Goldcrown.  His work has become popular backdrops for social media influencers.  The art work consists of colorful heart murals, hence the perfect backdrops for fashionistas.  Take a look at his work.

downtown LA street art

801 E 4th Pl

downtown LA Street art

Scattered through several places on side walks.

downtown LA street art

downtown LA street art

One of our favorite pieces are by WRDSMTH.  His work of art includes inspirational pieces that are spray painted and stenciled, usually next to a typewriter.  You can see more of his work of inspiring and motivational messages on his Instagram.

downtown LA street art

Art piece on women’s rights.

Location of downtown LA Street Art:

The downtown LA street art is located near the LA bridge.  Mainly sitting on a 3 block area, it can be found on E. 3rd Street.  It is easily accessible by getting off 4th St. from the 110 Freeway.  It can also be found by parking near 4th and Merrick, where you will find the mural of two lovers.  If you want to take a walking tour of art in LA, you can do so through here or here.

downtown LA Street art

Mural of Chinese artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei. Also by Damon Martin, down the block from the elephant mural.

downtown LA Street art

Food and Drinks

One popular spot to stop at when you’re thirsty, is the Arts District Brewing Co.  This is a great place for beer, fun games, and a great atmosphere.  The brewing restaurant, has four house brews to enjoy.  And just nearby, you can find great food and deserts at Little Tokyo.  This is another great area to explore!

downtown LA Street art

Have you explore the downtown LA street art?  The LA Art District is definitely a place you should check out if you find yourself in LA.  What other place has great street art that we should check out?  Let us know in the comments.  And don’t forget to share this post with others if you enjoyed it!

Looking for other things to do in LA?  Check out these places too.

downtown LA Street art

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About the author

Edith & Juan

From Arizona but temporarily based near California, Edith and her husband Juan created Life Beyond 520 to share inspiration from their local travels and adventures in California and beyond. Edith is the blogger behind these posts, but together they hope to inspire couples and others to get out there and explore new places, including their own city.

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