As part of the opening of the Apple Tower Theatre store in downtown LA, Apple commissioned a group of artists to paint a large mural on the facade of the building. Here are some other artworks from those same artists across LA.MoreLess
First opened in 1927, Tower Theatre has a rich history and is an important landmark in LA's Broadway Theater district. After years of restoration, Apple has just opened a one-of-a-kind retail store in the building. A mural painted by 15 emerging LA artists spans the upper part of the facade of the building. It celebrates the artists' mentors and heroes of LA's creative community who influenced the artists' journeys. Join free creative sessions featuring some of the artists via the link below.
This 148-foot-long mural was painted in 2020 by five Black artists to honor those who lost their lives to racial injustice and the movement for social and racial equality. Noah Humes, Alexandra Allie Belisle, Amanda Ferrell Hale, PeQue Brown, and Shplintona created the mural, which was commissioned by The Laugh Factory and Los Angeles Fourth District Councilman David Ryu.
Painted as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, this mural was done in five consecutive nights by Bodeck Luna Hernandez and Mr. Guillotine after Boseman's death last year. Bodeck says: "Chadwick inspired us and future generations of Black excellence through the important historical roles he poured his artistry into while battling cancer. He truly is a role model who gave us everything he had to enrich how we view Black history and representation on the big screen."
The main message of this Carolyn Suzuki mural, "Financial abuse is invisible abuse," is meant to bring to light the prevalence of women who are trapped in domestic abuse and cannot leave due to financial dependence on a partner. It was commissioned by the All State Purple Purse Foundation, which provides women with financial confidence to support themselves and gain independence.
Growing up learning how to do bubble letters from a friend in elementary school, Steve Martinez started getting into the graffiti scene early. Nowadays, he's active as a photographer, graphic designer, and a painter, with a special soft spot for street art. This mural was created as part of the 'Pow Wow' festival in 2019.
Born in Cape Town in 1997, Keya Tama has been creating street art for over a decade, even though he is only 24 today. Growing up around his mother, who is a well-known street artist, and his father, a tattoo artist, influenced his art and showed him how he could express his creativity. He says about his mother: "She has inspired me massively to be creative and to continuously push myself harder. To this day I have never met anyone who works harder and is more passionate than her."
Born during his parents’ flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Andrew Hem grew up poised in the balance between two cultures: the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban arts of the Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually settled. His art, whether a mural or a canvas, usually centers around one individual staring out onto the world.