The Downtown Art Walk
in Los Angeles turns the car-culture city into a pedestrian's paradise for an evening a month -- and seeking culture on foot's never been greener. Some eco-findings from last night's event:
Starting at the Museum of Contemporary Art, I admired Robert Rauschenberg's penchant for upcycling found objects into fine art. Above: Interview, 1955.
Then I walked over to the Downtown Art Park
to stop by La Guera Tamalera
's stand. I got a vegan organic tamale and organic horchata -- made with almond milk and sweetened with agave necrar -- which filled me up so much I didn't have room for a strawberry tamale for dessert.
Inside the Art Park was also Green Truck
, an eco-foodie truck known for their Mother Truckers --
and a couple local dudes with their upcycled creations! Tyler Bender Book Co.
creates whimsical "new" notebooks from old hardback covers, cereal boxes, T-shirts, and recycled or reclaimed paper.
I bought a couple (he takes credit!) before browsing through his tentmate's upcycled record goods.
Then it was on to Lot 44 Coffee Bar
for organic, fair trade coffee -- and an opening for Horse Show
, an art exhibition by Walker -- plus musical and dance performances in the atrium.
Another dance performance was happening in front of Apliiq
, a store-workshop that encourages people to upcycle and add handmade embellishments to their clothing.
I stopped in a few more galleries -- like the one below featuring a sort of live art-performance -- before getting back on the Big Blue Bus 10 back to Santa Monica.