New CYCLE LA VIA Mural on Sunset

January 25, 2011 at 9:15 am 4 comments

New CYCLE LA VIA bike mural on Sunset - photo by Colleen Corcoran

It’s already been covered in Will Campbell’s [sic], dudeonabike, Biking in L.A., and Streetsblog, and making its way around facebook, but you heard it here sixth! There’s a new CicLAvia mural in town. It’s in Silver Lake, on the south side of Sunset Boulevard, just west of Benton Way.  For a panoramic shot of the entire mural, see this image by Will Campbell (who also shot this great CicLAvia Video.)

Cycling cat, chicken and Zapatista detail on new mural

The mural is by Caché, EyeOne and Skypager. In addition to large lettering stating CYCLE LA VIA, it depicts various animal cyclists and upraised U-locks. It’s similar to the, also by EyeOne and Caché, Ride On mural (No.9 here) at the Hel-Mel Bicycle District. 

Mural credits: CACHE, EYEONE, SKYPAGER - at west end of new mural

If you look closely, you can spot two plaques that pre-date the mural by 71 years. Here’s a close-up of one:

Painted over plaque reads: BUILT BY UNITED STATES WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION 1940

These walls were built during the economic stimulus programs of the Great Depression. There are similar plaques on other ’30s and ’40s construction projects, including the Pasadena Avenue Bridge and Marmion Way Bridge – both over the Arroyo Seco.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. eyeone  |  January 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    many thanks for posting our mural. looking forward to the next cicLAvia. cheers!

    Reply
  • 2. Silverlake love | U and Mee Accessories's Blog  |  January 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    […] EyeOne, and Skypager recently updated the streets of Silverlake in tribute to CicLAvia , painting walls just east of Benton Way on Sunset Blvd. CicLAvia is a government sponsored […]

    Reply
  • 3. cache  |  February 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for the posting, The idea was given to me at the last ciclovia by Jaime Ortiz , one of the founders of ciclovias back in Bogota , Colombia 35 years ago. He happened to walk into the bike shop were I work to fix a flat , and he told me he liked our murals around the city and for the next ciclovia would love to see a mural on the matter .. I brainstormed about the idea for a few months and decided to invite Skypage , Eyer , and another anonymous artist to come help with the project . The mural is all self funded and received no money or help from government or corporations . The Idea grew from my love for cycling and artist that were willing to participate in the vision for a more cyclist friendly Los Angeles .. my pockets are empty but my heart is full of happiness from seeing a better future ahead. thank you all, and RIDE ON !

    Reply
  • 4. My Cycling past. | bluecadillac  |  May 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    […] the reason I decided to write about cycling is because it has been a life-long passion of mine. Cycling made me truly feel free. I first […]

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