During a large Black Lives Matter protest in Hollywood with over 20,000 people marching, a memorial to George Floyd was created at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland.
I drove out to see it the following day but it had already been dismantled since it was directly in the street in the middle of the intersection. What I found instead was impressive.
Hollywood has been the location of several Black Lives Matter protests. This most recent was the largest, and also the first one in which there was no violence and little if any destruction.
Hollywood was already boarded up due to the earlier protests (as is the rest of Los Angeles) and a couple dozen artists had taken to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine and transforming the boarded up windows into works of art.
The project was a collaboration between Hollywood businesses and Art Bridging the Gap. Art Bridging the Gap is an organization that works with youth in underserved communities to help them become thier fullest selves. I’m not sure if their project in Hollywood is part of this but I noticed they have an LA Street Art Initiative that is a “mural project that brings children, LAPD officers and community members together through an empathy curriculum as they design and create 150 murals across the City of LA…. This program fosters empathy and connection between between youth and law enforcement while cultivating a sense of ownership, leadership and pride in community. The finished art pieces aid in reducing crime rates and improving overall community well-being.”
I was impressed with what I saw happening on Hollywood and Vine. The art literally changed what has been occurring from a series of protests into a movement. And as a movement a lot more will be accomplished in terms of ending racism and bringing equal rights to everyone once and for all.
I’m sharing some of the photos with you. I also have a considerable amount of video footage of the project. Contact me if you would like to license any of the work for editorial use. I’ve also added a stock photo section to the site where you can license the images with immediate download. I’m still adding photos as fast as I can but I have a growing Black Lives Matter stock photo collection you can browse.