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June 2010

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 The Work of Art

A work in progress on Hollywood Boulevard the artist not around at the moment

Work in progress on Hollywood Boulevard - Marilyn Monroe painting
Work in progress on Hollywood Boulevard - Marilyn Monroe painting
Work in progress on Hollywood Boulevard - Marilyn Monroe painting

And this is floating above the artist

American Apparel billboard, Hollywood Boulevard

In 2004, when Hollywood Boulevard was still pretty seedy, and a dangerous place, the nonprofit Hollywood Beautification Team initiated a project funded by the Hollywood Historic Trust to paint monochrome celebrity portraits on the roll-down doors of the shops on the boulevard. The artists who did the paintings later charged they were not fully paid, and then were forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement to get what they were owed - they weren't allowed to talk about it take your damned money and shut up.

No one was happy. It was a mess. The next year the Business Improvement District folks decided everyone should just go with the open security grates, so only a few of these doors remain, fading fast no one takes care of them at all. No respect, I tell you no respect! But Jimmy Dorsey still looks pretty good.

Jimmy Dorsey on roll-down door, Hollywood Boulevard

All anyone seems to preserve is all the old Art Deco architecture, like this sort of detail at the old Max Factor Building on Highland, now the Hollywood Museum

Max Factor Building on Highland in Hollywood
Max Factor Building on Highland in Hollywood

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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