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Oceanwide Plaza Artist

Oceanwide Plaza
Los Angeles, CA – 6-7 February, 2024

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Don Sutherland said:

Wonderful series and video. Great documentation of the urban art that is adding color to the blight of abandoned structures.
5 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Don!
5 months ago

Kayleigh said:

There is many space, and work to do, thank you for sharing !! Have a nice Weekend William :-)
5 months ago

Malik Raoulda said:

Un excellent et remarquable reportage très révélateur avec de belles et impressionnantes prises de vues très évocatrices.
Bon weekend paisible et serein.
5 months ago ( translate )

Jocelyne Villoing said:

Drôle de monde, je suis dépassée !
Bon WE William
5 months ago ( translate )

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Kayleigh, Malik, and Jocelyne!
5 months ago

Günter Klaus said:

Das hast du ja wieder toll dokumentiert lieber William,dieser Artist lebt ja nicht ungefährlich :))

Wünsche noch ein schönes Wochenende,liebe Grüße Güni :))
5 months ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

il du travail en vue ce graffiste*******************belle prise !**************
bon week-end Will ! Amitiés♫
5 months ago ( translate )

cammino said:

Klasse Serie.
5 months ago ( translate )

@ngélique ❤️ said:

Que de gâchis il a pas le vertige le monsieur ? **********************bon we mon ami William !
5 months ago ( translate )

William Sutherland replied to @ngélique ❤️:

Actually it's not a waste! Today street art is among the hottest sectors in the art market (e.g. Jean-Michel Basquiat – 1960-1988). In addition, their exhibition, which likely temporary since the buildings will either be torn down or scrubbed is no different than Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates (e.g. that were temporarily erected and displayed in New York's Central Park in February 2005.

The Oceanwide Plaza's towers that have stood vacant since 2019 were if anything, were a blank canvas that awaited an artistic makeover. With their height and prominent visibility, they provided these neo-expressionist artists a well-deserved moment of recognition as media outlets around the world covered their work. Hopefully this recognition will lead to breakthrough moments for many especially since these artists often put everything on the line -- risking their personal freedom, finances, safety and lives.

Aside from heights, these specific artists in Los Angeles also have a lot more to be concerned about such as police interference, earthquakes (when I was in Los Angeles there were two mild earthquakes, the strongest being 2.6, followed by two moderate quakes of 4.6 after I had left) and even crime. Furthermore, they have to be in great physical shape to climb stairs for some 30 or 40 stories weighed down by backpacks and duffel bags of supplies.

In my opinion, I was fortunate to visit Los Angeles just after most of the art was created and to have a prime 27th floor location just across from these towers that provided an optimal perspective for photography. I was even more fortunate to witness one of these artists at work documented by my video. :)

Finally, as I viewed the graffiti in Los Angeles, it was like touring an open-air museum. Along with seeing family and visiting areas such as Hollywood, Malibu, and Santa Monica when in California, the graffiti exhibits were clearly a highlight that brightened the days that featured a seemingly endless deluge. Each day from the Air BNB where I stayed, it was like viewing the works of an art museum that were filled with cheerful and uplifting colors!

View from Air BNB
5 months ago

Mikus said:

Respekt für diese ausdauernde künstlerische Tätigkeit. Dramatisch und beeindruckend in dieser Serie gezeigt. Ein beschwingtes Wochenende, William.
5 months ago ( translate )

Eric Desjours said:

Vertiginous series, William! Both from an aerial point of view and the artistic expression.
But art doesn't just follow technical progress: it precedes it.... (or should do so)
5 months ago

William Sutherland said:

Thank you Gunter, Valeriane, Cammino, @ngelique, Mikus and Eric!
5 months ago ( translate )

Esther said:

Caught in the act.
5 months ago