‘Public Art’ Goes Underground In Cypress Park

By EGP Staff Report

The Cypress Village Tunnel Art Walk on Saturday presented “The Gift of Public Art,” a holiday themed public art exhibition inside an underground tunnel walkway located on Figueroa Street near Nightingale Middle School and the Antigua Coffee House.

The exhibit was part of the Second Saturday of the month NELA Artwalk.

Visitors appreciate the art of the Cypress Village Tunnel Art Walk. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Visitors appreciate the art of the Cypress Village Tunnel Art Walk. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

The tunnel project makes use of a formerly abandoned underground pedestrian walkway owned by the city of Los Angeles, which was cleaned up earlier this year by volunteers with city approval and transformed into a community gallery.

Over the years, the tunnel that at one time served as a safe connection between Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights, and for students to avoid the busy traffic on Figueroa, was overtaken by crime and graffiti.

Saturday’s exhibition featured 200 ft. of public art by different artists, “including a very large wheatpaste installation featuring street campaign posters from 2007–2013 by Shepard Fairey and others.”

The exhibit also included a first time showing of works by Jake Hendrix Hakim, 15, and Catalina Bolivar, 15.

 

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