Diego Cardoso Paints CicLAvia

December 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

CicLAvia 2010 painted by Diego Cardoso

Earlier in December, some of the CicLAvia non-profit folks met with Mayor Villaraigosa’s staff working on CicLAvia. All in attendance were excited to discover a new painting on the wall of the mayor’s waiting room area: a painting depicting the 10-10-10 CicLAvia. CicLAvia helped inspire countless smiles, thousands of photos, dozens of videos, a wedding, and at least one painting!

Detail from Diego Cardoso's CicLAvia painting

The painting is by Diego Cardoso, a multi-talented Angeleno who works as Metro’s lead planner in charge of overseeing bicycle and pedestrian projects. Cardoso also serves as an appointed Planning Commissioner for the city of Los Angeles, and finds time to lots of great paintings, mainly depicting L.A. streetscapes – from Boyle Heights, to Los Angeles State Historic Park, to historic bridges, to Caltrans Headquarters, and many others. View more of Cardoso’s work at his website.

Detail of the Version Mary 10.1.7 performing at CicLAvia

The scene depicted has lots of great detail; enough to easily spot that’s it’s based on an actual location: looking east on Spring Street, between 6th and 7th Street (see the corresponding Google street view here.) 

Cardoso also depicted a very iconic identifyable street performer: performance artist Mindy Chu as  the Version Mary 10.1.7 coming to warn earthquake-unready Angelenos about The Big One. 

Any other CicLAvia-inspired artwork out there? Please share!

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