Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sundays In My City #66 - The Wall

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I've driven past this unusual art exhibit on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles numerous time over the past few years but finally stopped to actually see what it's about....

It's a series of murals painted on actual pieces of the Berlin Wall...

This public arts program is the official United States commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall-- which actually came down November 9, 1989.

To learn more about The Wall Project click HERE...

How's your Sunday?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

54 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very cool and what great artwork in that mural. Thanks for sharing and I'll check out the link.

ladyfi said...

What creative murals! Great shots.

sheril said...

wow..cool walls ..n nice snaps ..

RNSANE said...

What a good way to put the Berlin Wall to use! I'd love to see that exhibit!

Kay said...

I'm so glad you stopped to check it out. This is really interesting and awesome to see.

Zuzana said...

This is definitely an art program that carries a lot of meaning in my eyes, considering my background and my past.
My Sunday is so far very tranquil and I hope yours will be too,
xoxo

slommler said...

What fabulous wall murals/paintings!! So cool!!
My Sunday started out sleepy and with a sink full of dishes! Yikes!
And the realization I totally forgot to take a pic of the large moon last night!! Drats!!
Hugging you
SueAnn

Mari said...

What a great project! They did a good job on it.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I love when art is used on something that once represented something so negative. When we visited Berlin it was nice to see the murals and tributes to the lives lost while crossing the wall. Awesome shots and have a wonderful Sunday!

TechnoBabe said...

This is truly interesting. Murals are awesome but painted on a historic piece as this is makes it very special.

Brian Miller said...

that is really cool....would love to see it and study it...certainly eye catching as well...happy sunday jj!

Willoughby said...

That's pretty cool! I'm glad you stopped to check it out.

Tara R. said...

How cool is that? Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.

deb colarossi said...

Fabulous . Love love it.

Eva Gallant said...

Amazing artwork in that mural. I had no idea such a display existed. Thanks for sharing!

Thomas said...

Excellent! Where on Wilshire? My LA office is right by the tar pits, and I wanna check it out next time I'm in town...um...which will probably be, like, tomorrow.

I was an exchange student in Germany in 1984, before the wall came down, and we took a week trip to Berlin. I remember thinking how cool the art was on the wall, and wondered whether there'd been any efforts to preserve it when the wall came down. I remember watching people chiseling out chips when the wall fell, and thought, 'Wow. Cool, and yet sad that such incredible graffiti and art would be lost."

blueviolet said...

I'm glad you stopped to check it out. That's pretty darn cool!

DJan said...

Wow, that is a really cool mural. And to think it is part of the Berlin Wall. I still remember that day, when the wall came down...

Laurie Matherne said...

That's totally awesome. I recall when it came down, as I was teaching 9th grade Social Studies. My students were bored and bewildered by my enthusiasm. Great idea to showcase history.

Mike Smith said...

Great stuff JJ. Hope you're well.

Kristin - The Goat said...

How very cool! So glad you stopped to check it out. I've done that though - driven by something for years before finally stopping to see what it's all about.

StarTraci said...

That is SUPER cool! What a wonderful celebration of freedom and art. Thank you for sharing.

Happy Sunday!
:-)
Traci

jane said...

what a cool idea. they have a movement here to paint giant murals on the buildings in the historic part of town. everyone seems to love the idea. i think it looks like graffiti. (interesting tidbit- it´s an american who came up with the idea...)
i loved your last post btw.
sending lots of love joanna!

Boom Boom Larew said...

I love what they've done with the wall. Break down those barriers!

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Actual pieces from the Berlin Wall? How cool is that!?!?

Kristina P. said...

Very cool!

Joyce said...

I like wall art- it adds a ray of color to ones day. xo

Casey Freeland said...

I remember that day vividly. I was 21, newly married, newly parenting. I remember thinking it was cool but not really getting the politics of it all. Sometimes I wish I could go back to experiencing things more simply, not having politics so prominent in my life. It's draining.

Love the artwork, by the way. Sorry, I just got to reminiscing.

Cheers,

Casey

Fragrant Liar said...

That's pretty cool!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's fascinating. Great post and blog.
Happy Sunday.
xoRobyn

Christine said...

looks interesting. Has it been 20 years, wow.

Tracy said...

Joanna,
What a montage of happenings...that is really fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing that with us!
Have a lovely week!

gaelikaa said...

A nice way to spend a Sunday!

Chris H said...

That is rather awesome.

lisleman said...

Interesting - I hope people remember why it was put up in Berlin. Maybe they will do this when it is finished but having Kennedy on one end and Reagan all the way on the other would be very symbolic.

Gaston Studio said...

Love this exhibition. Very symbollic.

ceodraiocht said...

Bet you're happy you finally stopped to check it out. Great shots.

Nezzy said...

How interesting is that??? I love it!

God bless and have a beautiful Spring day sweetie!!!

secret agent woman said...

I love building murals like that.

Cindy La Ferle said...

I love street art -- the colors, the creativity of it all. Looks like you had a wonderful Sunday!

Michelle said...

Interesting. I never really thought about what happened to the wall once it really came down. I remember the pictures of people hacking at it and just assumed it had all been destroyed. I think I like this better.

Unknown Mami said...

Pretty friggin' cool.

Veronica Lee said...

Very cool!! Love the shots and your awesome blog too.

Have a nice day!

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My Sunday wasn't that cool. What a unique undertaking that is!!!

Emom said...

Interesting....thankyou....smiles.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That looks so familiar but I'm not sure where it's located. I'm so glad that there isn't graffiti all over it. I hate when someone decides to destroy beautiful artwork.

Thanks for your words, JJ. Miss you. Hope you'll come out to visit Oregon soon.

TaraDharma said...

I have never heard of this crazy cool project! It's fantastic -- and I probably wouldn't have heard about it if not for your blog. So glad you stopped to see it.

My Sunday? You don't wanna know. But it will get better.

Toni said...

That's one hell of an art exhibition JJ - history turned into art without forgetting its original purpose? Amazing juxtaposition! x

BLOGitse said...

You posted murals and I graffitis - what's the difference? For me they look the same... :)
Sorry I'm late but I've been sick...

WhisperingWriter said...

Wow, very cool project.

Chrisy said...

What an interesting installation...and just imagine how many people have looked at it...and thought about it...

Ann Imig said...

I love that you stopped and looked. How many amazing things fly by in our periphery that we miss all the time?

Book said...

Thanks for the info ! I enjoyed your post !

Marla said...

Ok, that is amazing. I can only imagine the power of seeing it in person.