Tuesday, June 19, 2012

STREET SIGNS - Wrinkles in the City

One of my favorite things about Los Angeles is street art. Whether it's a mural, graffiti, wheatpasting or an object hanging from a telephone wire, you never really know where you'll come across an installation. I'll be sharing some of my favorite pieces with you through JIGSAW's Street Signs section.

This particular piece, located at 1759 Glendale Blvd. (Echo Park), is part of French artist JR's Wrinkles in the City series from last year. The TED Prize-winning artist left his mark on Los Angeles, from Downtown to Venice, with his massive photos of elderly faces and body parts pasted onto the sides of various buildings.

When I first saw this one, I thought it was a tribute to George Carlin – just using a really unflattering photo. With his crazed eyes the yelling old man is frightening but also perhaps a bit mischievous. You can see more of JR's projects at jr-art.net.

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