Without fail, the same thing happens every time Don Lamkin cruises Downey Avenue towards 2nd Street.
“There literally hasn’t been one time where I drove past and someone’s not taking some kind of picture [of Downey Doodle-icious],” Lamkin says, referring to the giant art mural he painted in 2014. “It’s surprising. I never expected anything like this to happen. It’s humbling.”
With its bright colors, cartoonish design, and larger-than-life icons, Downey Doodle-icious has become its own attraction. People walk to Porto’s, but Downey Doodle-icious stops them in their tracks.
Students study the mural. Teens take selfies in front of it. Politicians use the mural as portrait backdrops.
It’s a textbook example of art bringing a community together.
Downey’s Art in Public Places policy has resulted in a scattering of sculptures and murals throughout the city, some more accessible than others. There are also art pieces commissioned by private property owners, and some probably installed under the cover of darkness.
Below is a look at some of Downey’s public art. If I missed something, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.