There’s no illusion here. A few months ago, a French artist named Vicent Lamouroux, took to the streets of Los Angeles, and made an old motel in the city of Silver Lake his canvas – literally. By using a lime wash paint – which will slowly wear away – he painted an old motel formerly known as the Sunset Pacific Motel. It’s a ghostly artwork that you have to see in person and even better is the fact that the environmentally friendly lime wash will wear off within time.
“The idea behind this project was to cover the entire building and to think about the building as a giant sculpture (on) the scale of the urban landscape … with this idea we could provoke … a strong change in order to create some attention,” said Lamouroux, a Paris resident, who has made frequent trips to Los Angeles over the past 15 years.
The installation is the culmination of two years work and will be guarded for two weeks before the weather and graffiti artists inevitably reclaim the building.
The motel is eventually expected to be torn down and replaced with a new development.