Jason Ostro walks the narrow alleyways off Beverly Boulevard near downtown L.A. and beams at the explosion of color around him. Until recently, these passages were strewn with litter, discarded mattresses and rusty bikes.
"When we moved into the neighborhood three years ago, there was so much garbage and graffiti around here," says Ostro, owner of the nearby Gabba Gallery.
Not satisfied with cleaning up his patch of the neighborhood, the gallerist launched a public art initiative, the Alley Project, which has produced more than 90 murals by about 80 local and international artists.
"The whole idea," he says, "was turn blight into bright." The side-by-side murals, a mishmash of colors and styles, cover nearly every vertical surface, including garage doors, window bars, even trash bins. Three alleys have been completed since work began in April; production on a fourth is expected to start in late January. Read More.....