Siting Santa Monica: Stumbling Upon Art

Siting Santa Monica: Stumbling Upon Art

WEB7Walking in Santa Monica yields beauty and discovery, as well as the unexpected revelation: all manner of art that somehow just happens to be there, as you turn the corner, cross the street, peak into front yard, or stride past a chain link fence.  Who has made these things…has these ideas, puts their creations out on the street for the rest of us to be surprised by, revel in, and adore?  Above, the “yarn bombers” send out a supportive message and wish to all who walk by and take the time to see it, on 17th Street near Olympic.

WEB2This beautiful elephant welcomes walkers on the Southeast corner of Idaho Street (or is it Washington?) somewhere between 17th and 25th Streets.

WEB3Adjacent, an all seeing eye is looking at you, kid.

WEB1A silvery car decal brings to mind the image of a  lotus. Parked at 17th and Wilshire.

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I have shared this one a number of times before…magnificent painting on a front gate…somewhere between Wilshire and Montana Street.

webx3Fascinating use of crushed cans…which become a mosaic surface of a building in someone’s artful hands, somewhere south of Wilshire, and west of 17th Street..

WEB1WEB2I saw this while driving in an area south of Olympic Boulevard, in the Pico neighborhood (as I recall), and was blown away. I had to park, get out, and document this novel use of teapots!

WEB8The use of flamingos and butterflies in this yard makes me think of Florida…someone created their own wonderland, visible to and thus shared with those walking northwards towards Montana Street…but on which block, I could not say. Part of the fun is stumbling upon these treasures, and then stumbling on them again.

20140820_102553I saw this leaf on the sidewalk, somewhere south of Wilshire, near 17th…and was struck by its gradated color. Nature’s paintbrush is a hard act to follow, but I am glad the neighbors are trying!

Thank you for the magic, and the transformation of the every day, to remind us that there is no such thing as the “every day”…every day!

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