Arts & Culture

Design District Outdoor Mural Tour


A street stroll through the West Hollywood Design District always inspires! With 250+ studios and leaders in art, design, food and fashion all within a sunny walk, the urban street art is equally impressive. Through the Arts on the Outside program, the City of West Hollywood installs temporary artworks for 6 months to 3 years. Snap a selfie with these gems.

Stop 1: Dream Big Butterfly

621 N La Cienega Blvd
Get a lift from the “Dance of the Butterflies” mural by Marisabel Bazan, featured on the sidewall of John & Pete’s Liquor.

Stop 2: Ballerina

608 Huntley Dr
By Punk Me Tender, the dancer floats through elegant greys and blues.

Stop 3: West Hollywood Library Murals

625 N. San Vicente Blvd
Colorful and colossal, these murals resulted from an innovative collaboration between Vanity Fair, Cadillac, Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of West Hollywood. Featured in two parking decks of the West Hollywood Library the artists are:

RETNA (a.k.a. Marquis Lewis)
With his own take on graffiti, RETNA’s brushwork recalls ancient writing from Mayan, Egyptian, Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese traditions mixed with L.A. cholo writing, one of the oldest forms of graffiti in the 20th century.

West Hollywood Peace Elephant by Shepard Fairey
Renowned for the iconic “Hope” poster created for President Barack Obama, you can’t miss Fairey’s elephant and dove.

The library building earns high praise from architecture geeks for the sleek, curved exterior and floor-to-ceiling glass which brings a generous amount of natural light indoors. Check it out! It’s a nice spot to cool off on a hot day.

Stop 4: Pink Dot

8495 Sunset Boulevard
Pink Dot – the popular store that still delivers its top-selling products of alcohol, cigarettes and condoms in polka dot-covered Volkswagen Beetles – became a West Hollywood institution almost from the day it opened on the Sunset Strip in 1987. Their new mural celebrates the area it’s called home.

Stop 5: RETNA Mural

8826 Melrose Ave
On the side of Craig’s LA, this vintage steakhouse is usually full of celebs. Lunch is to go only, but they open at 5 PM for dinner.

Stop 6: International Symbol of Travels

668 N La Peer Dr
Find this mural by Louis Carreon on the exterior of 101/Exhibit art gallery.

Refreshments

There are lots of yummy cafes and coffeehouses close to this tour route. Here are a few favorites. Enjoy!

The Assembly Café, 634 North Robertson Blvd, socially responsible coffee in an inviting space.

Hedley’s, 640 North Robertson Blvd, garden to table with fresh menus weekly.

Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave, organic Mexican made with love.

Open Source Organics, 7107 W. Sunset Blvd, grab a fresh juice at the wellness bar.

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