We’ve beeen following Internationally acclaimed street- and studio-based artist, Faith47 who currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and now we can see her work in person–she just finished a new mural in the South Park area of DTLA last week titled The Preciousness of the Hunt.
Faith 47’s poetic elegant swan mural, painted across a prominently positioned wall in the center of South Park, design created to celebrate and commemorate the revitalization of the neighborhood and to positively reflect on the future of this area. The work is accented with gold and stretches horizontally along the wall above the trees.
The mural is easily viewed by Metro passengers and visitors to the Convention Center and the LA Live complex and can can be found on the wall at the Flower Street Lofts residential building, on the corner of 12th and 1130 South Flower Street.
Julie Faith, our new contributing photographer at Cartwheel Art and Cartwheel Art founder Cindy Schwarzstein, spent time with Faith 47 while she was here in LA working on the mural. The following are Day Two progress photos by Julie. Sray tuned for more photos from Day Three and the completion.
Los Angeles nonprofit arts organization Do Art Foundation coordinated Faith 47’s The Preciousness of the Hunt mural project in collaboration with the South Park Business Improvement District (BID) to launch their Public Art Incentive program for the area.
The South Park BID, led by Executive Director Jessica Lall, spearheaded this beautiful art project and ignited the community in efforts to enrich and enhance cultural programming and visibility of art in the area. With the understanding that art helps to uplift communities and stimulate local economies, the South Park BID and members of the community are actively participating in the development of a Public Art Initiative managed by Do Art Foundation. As the links between the economic health of a community and the quality of social bonds are becoming increasingly clear, South Park residents and businesses are invested into developing themselves as a cultural destination point in the City of Los Angeles. Local businesses and residents from the Flower Street Loft Homeowners Association, PSP Investment Group, Hertz Rentals, Yami from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Blick Art and L&R Group of Companies came together as a community to make this happen. Lall explains:
The South Park community is committed to seeing a successful and meaningful public art campaign in the district, and rallied together to make this mural a reality. Through a vibrant partnership with the Do Art Foundation, we anticipate this mural being the first of several pieces in an elaborate and highly curated series for the neighborhood. The long-term goal is for South Park to continue to evolve as a world-class cultural destination, showcasing some of the finest integrated art.
Faith 47’s active street art career spans more than fifteen years. Her work can be found in major cities around the world. Using a wide range of media, including graphite, spray paint, oil paint, ink, photography and collage, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls and their accretions, to studio prepared canvas and wood.
Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.
Do Art Foundation is an arts organization focused on the promotion and creation of work visible in the public landscape. Recognizing the need for artistic productions to create important humanitarian cultural conversations, Do Art Foundation facilitates projects that inspire creative expression within our society. They are a registered non-profit that answers the need of art access and education for our society. They aim to bring art in the public realm so that all people and communities may create dialogue and participate in our cultural development. Do Art Foundation’s mandate is to engage art as a forum to foster exchange of ideas and culture. They focus on projects and programs that involve unconventional art education and expression.
The South Park Business Improvement District (BID) is managed by the South Park Stakeholders Group, a coalition of residents, property owners, and business who are deeply committed to the ongoing improvement of the district. Since 2005, the South Park BID has worked to make South Park safer, cleaner and more vibrant for the people who live, work, and visit South Park.