The 4 Most Instagrammable Walls in LA
Posted on May 23 2017
If you have an Instagram account, I think its safe to say you’re no stranger to seeing beautiful street art gracing the backgrounds of your favorite bloggers and brands. And if we don't say so ourselves, our denim looks pretty amazing against all of them! Here are our faves:
The Paul Smith Wall
This famous carnation pink (or Tumblr pink for us millenials) wall belongs to the Paul Smith store in West Hollywood. While it’s been around for awhile, it’s the holy grail of walls on Melrose. You can’t drive or walk by without seeing at least a dozen bloggers or tourists snapping a selfie or two in front of it. If you have Instagram, you KNOW about this wall. What you may not know is that it’s been here since 2005 and only in the last few years become a phenomenon. It’s also the only pink wall out of 300 Paul Smith retailers. The brand couldn't have predicted that its pink wall would become a social media unicorn when it was painted over a decade ago. But they probably sure are glad they went through with the paint job.
Bonus: Right across the street is Carrera Café where you can stop by for a quick cappuccino fix to get you through all your Instagram shots! They also have a mural that changes out every few months or so that is equally deserving of a snapshot!
Where to find it: 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
The Made in LA Wall
This local inspired art been a popular backdrop for photographs since it appeared in 2013 alongside the flagship for home and furniture store, Cisco Home. If you follow along the yellow brick Instagram trail, also known as Melrose, you'll find this gem on Laurel Avenue in between your trip from Paul Smith to the Global Angel Wings from West to East.
Where to find it: Cisco Home, 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Honorable Mention: a block away on Edinburgh Avenue is another local favorite, the Assembly Los Angeles Wall. Equally chic, though not as statement-y, last time we checked they had cute little chairs and tables in front of them.
The Global Angel Wings Project Wall
Colette Miller’s angel wings are also a familiar scene. They are painted everywhere from Kenya to Melbourne, but here in Los Angeles, where they first appeared in 2002, there are now five (if not more!) installations: on West 3rd Street at Orlando Avenue, Melrose right past Fairfax, at Westfield Century City, on the doors of the Regent Theater downtown, and in West Hollywood on Palm Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard. Miller’s creative wings are said to be a commentary on humanity, that there is enough anger and bitterness on this planet and that we can be the “Angels of the Earth.”
Where to find it: St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles
The Retna Walls
Contemporary artist RETNA (aka Marquis Lewis) is an incredible grafitti artist who was born and raised in L.A. He creates graffiti murals with unique script across the globe. His work appears locally at the West Hollywood Library on San Vicente Boulevard and Craig’s restaurant on Melrose Avenue. This is probably one of my favorites because its fun and edgy at the same time. Also, I can always pop into Craigs for a great meal after an Instagram photoshoot!
Where to find it: West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood
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