I had a meeting for work on Sunday at The Churchill. After killing some time at The Beverly Center, I walked East on Beverly, continuing South on Orlando. What will you find before you approach the alleyway before 3rd? A secret RETNA mural that takes up an entire side of a building. It is super, super surprising and it is super, super good.
The piece is fairly big and is a series of his repeating hieroglyphics over and over and over again. It’s very clean and very repetitive, which isn’t necessarily how his work always is (there are usually some variations in characters and more drip to it). It’s silver on a dark grey background with a surprising amount of reflectiveness. It has a somewhat futuristic feeling air, as if the piece is actually on that planet in Prometheus. It’s interesting.
We’re not sure when this RETNA piece was produced but it’s a welcomed hidden mural within the always great retail and food corridor on 3rd. I would say that this is my favorite of his public pieces in Los Angeles because it was such a surprise. The use of silver is very unexpected from him too, particularly in a public setting. Check it out this weekend, if you’re in the area.