"Pacoima's Art Revolution" by Levi Ponce was completed in June 2012. Photo by Javier Martinez
"We ARE going to have a mural mile in Downtown Las Vegas . . . come hell or high water" declared the ever hopeful Paco Alvarez on Facebook. Paco is speaking of a stretch of Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima, California, that became an outdoor gallery in 2011. The artist credited for starting that micro-movement is Levi Fonz Ponce, who at the age of 23 took time away from his commercial outdoor painting to jump start a Los Angeles tradition in his old neighborhood. Other painters joined him in a semi-organized way to paint walls that emulates community murals. From a previous story I did on Ponce.
"All my work is in Pacoima; it's the part of the Valley that's ignored," said Ponce. "I could go into Hollywood to paint and be another straw in the bunch. This brings something that hasn't been seen enough before." It's a throwback to the days of mural production during the 1980s. Find a location, check with the owners of the buildings, and keep painting.
Ponce has been painting outside LA a bit more. Like Istanbul, where he just completed an interpretation of Mother and Child. The artist has also been to Las Vegas. A mural on a North Las Vegas boxing gym at Cheyenne and Civic Center is a Ponce.
Mural at Cheyenne and Civic Center. Photo: PaintThisDesert
Interpretation of Mother and Child. Courtesy of Levi Ponce.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.