As of this date, the rapacious oil companies and their greed seem a secondary economic issue, as the world financial systems – the banks and the credit markets – seem near collapse. Oil prices have, in fact, collapsed. That is not the problem, just a subset of a far larger problem. Political art can become quaint very quickly.
But here at the far end of Melrose Avenue, at Heliotrope, is a fairly new mural – tagged MSK (one of the local crews) – all about oil and greed, with hyenas representing the major corporations. Secondarily it seems to be an anti-Disney effort – the dark side of all the Bambi stuff.
This is a few miles east of the beyond-hip stretch of Melrose Avenue, with its amazing shops and chic, expensive restaurants. This is on the west-facing wall of a laundry, looming over a parking lot, one block west of the Braille Institute on Vermont and Los Angeles City College, in what's called the Bicycle District.