Photos: Inside The Secret Abandoned Mansion Street Art Show
After a week's worth of Instagram photo teases of the street art being painted on the walls of an abandoned mansion in Los Angeles, Hansky—the pun-loving, NYC-based street artist helming this art show—finally released the secret location on Saturday afternoon to the masses, bringing in swarms of guests lining up to view the artwork.
Hanksy told LAist that there were 75 artists from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Austin who came out to West Adams to participate in Surplus Candy LA, putting their mark on this over century-old, rundown mansion. Artists came in and out of the home all week long, painting the walls for this one-night-only show. Once Hansky released the address on Saturday on his Instagram account, folks lined up outside of the white mansion in snaking Disneyland-like lines to check out the artwork before the walls would all be painted over the next day. The whole idea was that it would be just like graffiti on the streets—if you missed it, too bad, but if you got to see it, it would a once in a lifetime chance.
There was artwork from the likes of Morley, Craola, WRDSMTH, Annie Preece, Jennifer Korsen, and even a few pieces from Hanksy himself. Murals, drawings and paintings hung on the walls of this dilapidated mansion, amidst chandeliers and Persian rugs. Artwork was painted on every inch of the walls, even in closets and stairwells. There was one room that was decorated to look like a kid's bedroom, with an old-school TV and video game console turned on. Once you got to the top of the space, there were large windows that opened up, overlooking the city.
Here's a video of one of the floors of the mansion:
There was even a Kelly Osbourne celebrity sighting in the mansion:
Regarding the location, Hanksy told LAist, "It's over a century old and while it's a bit banged up, it's still a magnificent beast. And after it's all painted up, it'll be be a perfect metaphor for Hollywood. Pretty and pristine on the outside, but all fucked up on the inside."