Echo Park is once again featured in the Times with a Calendar Thursday cover story about Shepard Fairey, one of the few "guerrilla artists" to derive a living from it. His wrestler silhouette images in the center back window of hipster SUV's have caught your eye more times than you could count, consciously, at least. Think "Obey." The subject of Cynthia Dea's Times story is public art that isn't so illegal it doesn't exist anymore by press time, with Fairey as her guide (there will be no further jokes about this perfectly good, somehow classic, South Carolina name). Fairey leads Dea to Echo Park to see Cache's chickens. Then they go to Brooklyn Projects, a skate shop on Sunset near Alvarado. Brooklyn Projects gave Fairey permission to paint a mural on its wall.
Daniel Clements, one of the owners of Brooklyn Projects told Dea:
As far as Echo Park is concerned, there's always been a conscious awareness regarding music and art. There's more of an artistic vibe and awareness out here, like what you would see in a colorful community in Mexico or South America."
Fairey's is a stunning mural -- a piece of it is shown on Calendar Weekend's cover. But the Times story made me miss Aaron Donovan's former chickens mural at Echo Park Avenue and Delta all the more.