Cartwheel Art Tours Coverage: Neighborhood Explorations in Pico-Union, with Cartwheel Art Tours Host – Jonathan Cirlin
“Graffiti & Street Art: ktownwallz_project, in Pico-Union”
Jonathan Cirlin, aka ESPY DPT ZNC, an artist, muralist, and Airbnb home host, led groups on Neighborhood Explorations with Cartwheel Art Tours, to explore a small section of his neighborhood, that’s located in a family area of Pico-Union, bordering Koreatown. The Neighborhood Explorations were curated and produced by Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein.
Guests on Jonathan’s Neighborhood Explorations, saw a section of Pico-Union, where a variety of older craftsman homes and buildings are located, that offer an architecturally diverse, as well as authentic Los Angeles neighborhood. However, it was the graffiti and street art located in the alleys behind his home, which was highlighted for guests in what really brings this neighborhood alive! Guests learned that the street art is part of a neighborhood beautification project that Jonathan has been curating–while also painting many of the murals himself. He shared with the group that the project which consists of over 200 legal walls, that he’s named ktownwallz_project, have been painted by international and local artists.
While walking through the project alleys Jonathan, shared his perspective on the graffiti and street art culture, as well as describing how he works with neighbors and business owners, who donate their walls for the project, in order to create a safer, and cleaner community environment. There was also an opportunity for guests to actually experience painting a mural with him during their time together.
When guests left they could feel how proud Jonathan is to be contributing artistically to the neighborhood, and recognized it’s what connects him so deeply to this area of Pico-Union in Los Angeles.
Note: Top photo by Jeffrey Skian
Contact Cindy to have her organize a unique and immersive experience, with Jonathan, for your private group or organization.