Where to Find L.A.’s Most Instagrammed Walls IRL

Structural backdrops are very much a thing

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It’s an essential truth to social media addicts: any urban adventure is not complete until it has been documented for Instagram, preferably in front of a colorful wall for local flavor. Los Angeles is home to many such backdrops—the city’s design landscape is dotted with historic street art and buildings painted in vibrant hues. So where, exactly, are L.A.’s most oft-photographed walls? One could be right around the corner:

Photograph courtesy Instagram/caitlinharsch

The Paul Smith Wall
This all pink facade belongs to the Paul Smith store in West Hollywood, and it’s the only of its kind. Each of the brand’s locations boasts a different graphic design.
Where to find it: 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood


Photograph courtesy Facebook/Valorie Darling Photography

The Love Wall
New York-based artist Curtis Kulig’s “Love Me” campaign has spread its love across structures from Paris to Berlin, and on clothing from brands including Urban Outfitters and Vans.
Where to find it: 8549 Higurera Street, Culver City


Photograph courtesy Instagram/black_palms

The Made in LA Wall
This locally-inspired art been a popular backdrop for photographs since it appeared in 2013.
Where to find it: Cisco Home, 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles


Photograph courtesy Instagram/bryantimothy

The Global Angel Wings Project Wall
Colette Miller’s angel wings are painted everywhere from Kenya to Melbourne, but here in Los Angeles, where they first appeared, there are four installations: on West 3rd Street at Orlando Avenue, at Westfield Century City, on the doors of the Regent Theater downtown, and as of just last week, in West Hollywood on Palm Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Where to find it: St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles


Photograph courtesy Instagram/munigraphy

The Heart of Los Angeles Wall
You can spot variations of this heart design by artist Tiphanie Brooke, a.k.a. antigirl, and her partner Mike Polson across Los Angeles, including downtown (across from the Staples Center, Angel City Brewery, and on Pico Boulevard at Flower Street), in Koreatown (at Wilshire Boulevard and Westmoreland Avenue), in Exposition Park (on 29th St. east of the Coliseum), in MacArthur Park (Alvarado Street at 8th Street) and in Century City (at Fox Hills Drive and Pico Boulevard).
Where to find it: Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles 


Photograph courtesy Instagram/dells_g

The RETNA Wall
Contemporary artist RETNA 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.
Where to find it: West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood


Photograph courtesy shoestringadventures.com

Bonus: The Topanga Lookout Trail Floor
A two-mile round-trip hike up the Topanga Lookout Trail brings comes with a photo-ready reward: floor art and a beautiful landscape backdrop to boot.
How to find it: Follow the trailhead located at 23300 Saddle Peak Road, Calabasas

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