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As South LA changes, Destination Crenshaw is ‘absolutely necessary’

The open-air museum will celebrate black Los Angeles amid "so many concerns about gentrification," says City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Lost for decades, bronze library sculpture turns up in Arizona

The library’s garden was paved over in the ’60s for a parking lot, and the sculpture disappeared.

‘This plaza has been transformed’

Music Center plaza reopens with a wine bar, restrooms, and a coffeeshop after a $41 million makeover.

Metro awards $15M to Destination Crenshaw

The open-air museum of public art, parks, and murals will celebrate black Los Angeles along the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.

Arts District—not Boyle Heights—to get sculpture of ‘LA’ fingers under Sixth Street bridge

The LA hands are often associated with city’s Latino community, making the decision "super disappointing."

MOCA admission will be free soon

The museum’s new director says "museums should not be ivory towers."

LA renames Crenshaw/Slauson intersection for Nipsey Hussle

Hussle "spent his resources and his life giving back to the community."

First look at Destination Crenshaw, an open-air ‘museum’ set to run along the Crenshaw Line

Designed by Perkins + Will, the public art project will celebrate black Los Angeles.

Watch: Downtown LA’s space-age Triforium lights up to music

The colorful light-and-sound sculpture finally glowed again as the artist intended.

Artist who put mesmerizing art in Pershing Square sets sights on LA River

Poetic Kinetics is on the hunt for an ideal place along the river to set up its next piece.

Take a sneak peek at the dazzling projections set to cover Walt Disney Concert Hall

The images come from the LA Phil’s own archives.

This hieroglyph installation imagined for Crenshaw Boulevard is a tribute to South LA

The carvings include depictions of local landmarks, Egyptian imagery, and the names of black residents in and outside of LA who have been killed by police.

These big, vibrant murals by Chicano artists will adorn massive development near Chinatown

The art will make a "lasting and impactful statement to the historic roots and presence of Latinos in Los Angeles."

Los Angeles isn’t known for its streetlights. It should be

Get turned on to LA’s remarkable streetlamp designs—you’ll never see the city the same way.

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38 remarkable places to encounter public art in Los Angeles

From Santa Monica to the Valley, we’ve picked 39 of our favorite pieces—some well-known and some under the radar.

Famed mural to be removed from Parker Center ahead of demolition

Installed in 1955, the mural depicts a panorama of Los Angeles, from the port to Griffith Observatory.

Photos: Makeover underway to bring restaurant, wine bar to DTLA’s Music Center plaza

The new plaza is slated to debut in spring 2019.

Creepy Harvey Weinstein statue shows up on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The work of street art is meant to be instagrammable.

Watch a colorful glass mosaic for the Crenshaw Line come together

Here’s a sneak a peek at a new mosaic that will adorn the Martin Luther King Jr. station.

Car-dominated Western is about to get more walkable 

A nonprofit, elected officials, and storeowners are coming together to make a stretch of the busy boulevard a lot more vibrant.

You won't find these beautiful Virgin of Guadalupe shrines in church

They adorn homes, burrito stands, and markets, from Santa Ana to Boyle Heights.

Artists are putting gold veins onto trees burned in the La Tuna Canyon fire

It’s a new art installation from the anonymous Griffith Park teahouse artists.

Watch the story of the magical chandelier tree of Silver Lake

It's truly charming, the neighbors enjoy it, and it isn't forced—could anyone but an arty contractor and his aerialist roommate have come up with the idea and put it together?

A bright pink eyesore no more

Houses that were painted bright pink in Mid-City will ultimately be demolished for a 45-unit apartment building.

Century City Freedom Sculpture unveiled on Santa Monica Boulevard median

The new installation is meant to symbolize diversity and inclusiveness. It also may look best when viewed from inside a moving vehicle.

This new Mid-City apartment building will replace pink houses that neighbors hate

The architect says the houses were painted to draw attention to how long it takes to get city approvals for new projects—and to deter squatters.

Neighbors bristle at Mid-City houses painted hot pink for Instagram

Residents didn’t get a heads-up that the houses would be painted Pepto-Bismol pink; now they’re asking when the houses will be repainted.

Artist is one step away from building a water wheel on the LA River

The functional project is inspired by a 19th century water wheel that directed water through the Zanja Madre, LA’s original irrigation channel.

Instagram-beloved pink Paul Smith wall now painted like a rainbow for Pride

The rainbow has already inspired a deluge of Instagram posts. It will be up until June 11.

Tour the Triforium today and celebrate its proposed restoration

Once widely despised, it’s now becoming an object of admiration. The 1975 "polyphonoptic sculpture" will open to visitors this afternoon in Downtown LA.

Take a peek at the giant art pieces gracing the grounds at Coachella

This year’s installations are bigger than ever before.

Taking LA's art boom out of the museum

Danielle Brazell is working to make sure LA’s public art stays local.

Shaquille O’Neal statue at Staples Center officially revealed

The impressive sculpture is nine feet tall, weighs 1,200 pounds, and hangs ten feet above the ground at Star Plaza.

See the five options for Little Armenia’s new public art gateway

"We are on track to create a cultural landmark that will serve as a point of pride for the Little Armenia community," says Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.

The rainbow facade on this Atwater Village clothing store is brightening our day

Graffiti artist Risk transformed the exterior of Crux into a piece of public art—and the perfect Instagram backdrop.

16 lustrous photos of Coachella Valley’s trippy outdoor art festival, Desert X

The sprawling exhibition features an array of visual installations, including Doug Aitken’s cool mirror-covered house and an actual underground bunker.

‘Her’ rail map artist is designing art for Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line

In addition to creating art for the feature film, Geoff McFetridge painted a mural for the West Hollywood Target, and he drew the cover and some illustrations for Barbara Bestor’s "Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake."

Why haven’t Rocky & Bullwinkle returned to the Sunset Strip?

The statue was plucked from the Sunset Strip four years ago. WeHo’s art manger says the city has been "anxious to get them back on public view."

Restored mural 'Pope of Broadway' resurrected in DTLA

The "Pope of Broadway"—Eloy Torrez's 32-year-old, 70-foot painting of Latino actor Anthony Quinn in a Christ-like pose—is an icon of Downtown Los Angeles. But it was marred with graffiti and chipped and faded after exposure to sun and smog.