Art is catharsis and in these tough times, local street artists have adorned walls lining the city’s empty streets with timely coronavirus-themed works. From DTLA to Venice Beach, here are six pandemic-centric murals to admire from the comfort of your couch.
Beverly Boulevard & Doheny Drive
Located on the Doheny Wall in West Hollywood, this sunshine-yellow mural is part of the L.A. Hope Dealer series by local artist Corie Mattie. The image depicts a person wearing a mask and white coat, opening one side of it to reveal the words “HOPE” scrawled in the inner pockets. The text reads: “Cancel Plans. Not Humanity.” Mattie has also been making signs that say, “If you’re reading this, go home.”
La Brea Avenue & San Vicente Boulevard
This simple mural gets straight to the point. “Stay Home / Life Is Beautiful” is written out in drippy white lettering over a blood red background. It’s located next door to Sparadise on a wall that was formerly home to a Mr. Brainwash mural featuring Kobe and Gigi Bryant.
Downtown L.A. (various locations)
If you happen to be walking around the Arts District (at a safe distance from other people, naturally), keep your eyes peeled for this paste-up by stencil artist Jeremy Novy. In it a bewildered-looking bear advertising “free hugs” gets canceled.
Pico Boulevard & Reeves Street
In this Pico-Robertson mural, a duo goes COVID busting, armed with hand sanitizer, a vacuum cleaner, and lots and lots of toilet paper. Illustrated by local artist HIJACK, the mural taps into the fear COVID-19 has instilled in people.
This mural’s wartime vibes showcase the darker side of the coronavirus.
Giving off wartime vibes this mural shows the darker side of coronavirus. According to Street Art Today, “Stay Safe” was painted by Denmark artist Rasmus Balstrøm before he hopped a plane home to begin his quarantine.
Local artist Ponywave captures love in the time of the coronavirus. Also titled “Stay Safe,” the mural shows two people kissing while wearing masks; one has her eyes open, almost like she’s waiting for her partner to acknowledge the situation. The artist is selling blankets and mugs featuring the image while she self-quarantines along with the rest of L.A.