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Curious “Trump l’oeil” Facade in Downtown LA…

About two weekends ago, when the weather was an easy, breezy 80 degrees, I went on a Downtown L.A. excursion with my friends. We drank creamy horchata’s at the Grand Central Market, had 30-45 blissful seconds of simulated flight inside the Angel’s Flight Railway, and ended our day admiring MOCA’s permanent collection.

Alas, it seemed our day was coming to an end, when my friend pointed out a peculiar sight at the corner of Olive and 4th:

Image taken from Google Maps

Can’t see it? How about my newly edited version?

Those were fake, painted window reliefs! You can’t really see it in these photos, but the painter went as far as replicating shadows from his fake window ledges as well. Was this art? Or was this a really bad paint job?

As much as I was convinced it was the latter, I conducted heavy, non-academic, purely Google-based research. And although there were no specific results that came up relating to Olive St. and 4th St. in Downtown LA, I did discover an artist by the name of Richard Haas who is famous for his “Trump l’oeil” facades in New York City. Take a look at his work, and you be the judge.

His murals seem to appear intentionally fake and more theatrical than the one I saw on Olive and 4th.

Have you seen the work of this mysterious,repeated offender of bad-facades anywhere else in LA?

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