Color comes alive in East Hollywood

Dec 14, 2009 by Lisa Newton

In the city the size of Los Angeles, with a population of over 10 million, the 51,000 people who call East Hollywood home is a small number; only half a percent of our total population.

With Armenians, Mexicans, Russians, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese, Eastern Europeans, Chinese, and Middle Eastern residents all calling East Hollywood home, you can turn any street corner and hear a myriad of languages, eat at numerous types of restaurants, and shop at varied stores, all having a different flavor, texture, and heritage of its own.

Another way to look at East Hollywood’s size is to compare it in square miles. LA encompasses a total of 4061 square miles, while East Hollywood is nothing but a veritable island, comprising only 1.8 square miles.

But, as this public art map demonstrates, it’s a gold mine of public murals celebrating life, culture, heritage, history, and storytelling.


The bursting and bold colors of East Hollywood evoke the imagination–from the known, to other places and cities. With its rich textural art structure of different shapes, lines, forms, images, and drawings; you could be anywhere, in any city, and as far as your imagination can take you.

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Art and its aesthetic are both organic to its subject, and to its own symbolism. The other natural beauty of these murals and art, is based on their images and building blocks of design, wherein lay the beauty of the process itself—the mimesis.

East Hollywood has heart, and a lot of it.

I’m proud to call this small portion of Los Angeles “My Town,” and remain amazed at the depth of talent, color, design, and sheer number and quality of its public art and murals. Every time I turned a new corner, I saw an impressive new artist’s creation; which makes for this project.

Walking this route is easy—I’m not done documenting this small enclave—because the area that encloses East Hollywood is relatively small. Click on either the flag to see a larger version of the picture, or click on the picture to see where it’s located on the map.

The different murals were created both recently and from a few years back, but nonetheless, as they say, enjoy the show.

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4 Responses to “Color comes alive in East Hollywood”

  1. Rosemary says:

    What gorgeous murals! :)
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Rosemary, I couldn’t agree more.


  2. Ebie says:

    Hi, Liz, I have not been to East Hollywood. The murals are beautiful and an artistic creation. The second one almost look like Lucille Ball.

    P.S. I am nursing a cold, and my car won’t be done until EOM. Maybe we can get together in Jan.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Ebie, That’s perfect. I look forward to shooting with you.


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