According to a new survey by Betway, an online gambling company, Los Angeles is the top destination in the United States to see street art. While a majority of the city’s street art is concentrated in Downtown Los Angeles, West L.A. has some hidden gems. Here is our guide to some of our favorite spots to see street art in West Los Angeles. Save this guide to go on a self-guided street art walking tour this summer! 

Near the Venice Sign

Venice Beach is worth a visit for its street art scene. The walls near the Venice Sign and along the Ocean Front Walk are a constantly evolving canvas for local muralists. Here, you will see everything from vibrant murals to political statements. In particular, check out Windward Avenue, which runs parallel to the beach and is a block from the Venice sign. There’s a spectacular black and white mural titled Touch of Venice by artist Jonas Never on a wall. This striking mural is a tribute to Venice’s history, culture, and its connection with Hollywood. The mural parodies the 1958 Orson Welles film Touch of Evil, with its black and white streetscape lined by buildings with columns and arches. 

Melrose Avenue

A ​​well-loved shopping and dining area, Melrose Avenue is a popular destination for street art lovers in Los Angeles. Here, murals stretch for blocks, from Melrose Avenue and Fairfax Avenue to La Brea Avenue. This stretch is also known as the Melrose Arts District. Some famous murals on Melrose Avenue include the Paul Smith Pink Wall, the Keith Haring Mural, the Aesthetics Worldwide mural, and the works of local artist Sara Sandoval. 

Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is a treasure trove of street art, with arresting murals adorning walls throughout the street at almost every intersection. If you are short on time, you should focus on the block between Venice Boulevard and Westminster Avenue. This block has the largest concentration of street art in the area. Some street art highlights include Grizzly Bears Once Walked on Venice Beach by Eric Junker, ​​Innocent Wonder by Clinton Bopp, ​​Bear Witness by Greg Mike, and ​​Love Wall by James Goldcrown.

Culver City 

Culver City has a growing collection of street murals spread throughout different areas. In particular, the Culver City Arts District and Platform Culver City have the most street art. Culver City Arts District, situated between Washington Boulevard and National Boulevard, and Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard, is an excellent spot to begin your Culver City street art tour. The area boasts numerous galleries and the streets are adorned with murals by local and international artists. Platform Culver City is a luxury shopping and entertainment complex that showcases an eye-catching mural by artist Jen Stark titled Technicolor Drip. This mural displays dripping rainbow colors interspersed with black and white cascades. An additional well-loved mural in Culver City is ​​​A Mosaic of Peace and Justice by Shepard Fairey. Completed in March 2022, it is a six-and-a-half-story mural on the facade of an apartment building created in light of the war in Ukraine.

In addition to these specific locations, be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you explore West Los Angeles, as street art can be found in unexpected places. Moreover, the beauty of street art is that it’s constantly changing and evolving. New artists come in and paint over older pieces, so you never know what you might find. If you’re looking for more resources, check out Mural Map LA, which has an ever-evolving map of West Los Angeles’s vibrant street art.

Photo of author in front of “Bear Witness” by Greg Mike off of Abbot Kinney.

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