The Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) is continuing to improve things along Melrose Ave. for the businesses and for all of us. Clean-up in the area is ongoing and work continues on improving the parking situation. Both of these improve things for residents as well as businesses.
You may have noticed the banners on the street light poles along Melrose Ave. This is another project that the BID is doing. Go and check them out. In addition to “Play” and “Style,” shown in the picture above, there are also banners for “Eats” and “Arts.”
And, speaking of Arts, this Sunday, March 1st, some of the city’s top street artists will participate in a day of live painting. Each artist will present their own interpretation of an animal theme as they paint more than sixteen utility boxes along Melrose Avenue from Fairfax Ave. to Highland Ave.
The project, dubbed the Melrose Menagerie, is being curated by local artist Jennifer Korsen. Jennifer’s mixed media pieces, paintings, and street installations can be seen regularly around Los Angeles galleries, pop up shows, and public spaces, including her current exhibition called “Cross My Heart” at the Stone Malone Gallery (7619½ Melrose Ave.).
Jennifer has reached out to many of the city’s top street artists to make this day special. Included are some of the finest artists working in the city today, including Leba and Annie from the hit Oxygen Network show, Street Art Throwdown, and many others.
The BID will be holding an Instagram contest on Sunday. Anyone taking pictures of all 16 boxes and posting with the hashtag #MelroseMenagerie will have a chance to win a special Melrose Ave. prize.