The Top Five Instagram-Worthy Walls in L.A.
For Instagram aficionados, a big part of the fun of travel is not only seeing the world but also being seen seeing it.
One of the most eye-catching varieties of Instagram posts is the wall shot—you alone, or in a group, posed against a huge expanse of painted wall. Some cities offer a mere handful of backdrops suitable for this purpose. Los Angeles, on the other hand, provides even the most photo-happy traveler with more artful opportunities than they could ever use.
Here’s a guide to L.A.’s top five Instagramable walls, for photos that will delight your followers and preserve your memories.
1. Colette Miller’s Angel Wings
The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX
The first stop on the list may literally be your first stop in L.A.—a colorful painting of life-sized angel wings at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Although artist Colette Miller’s wings can be found on walls all over the world, from North America to Africa to Australia, the Global Angel Wings Project was born in Los Angeles. Odds are you’ve already seen some eye-catching images of people transformed into human angels by standing in front of her murals. They are a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity.
2. The Love Wall
8549 Higuera Street, Culver City
The “Love Me” campaign from New York-based artist Curtis Kulig offers a simple but striking two word manifesto that has made its presence felt in cities like L.A., Berlin, and Paris since 2005. Over time, Kulig’s “Love Me” murals have risen to icon status, the images widely featured on clothing, in ad campaigns, on album covers, and, of course, on social media.
3. Heart Mural
Atwater Village, intersection of Los Feliz Blvd. and Brunswick Ave.
If you didn’t get your fill of love from The Love Wall, you can check out the effervescent Heart Mural in Atwater Village, which features hundreds of multicolored hearts spray-painted on a background of white bricks. The artist is unknown, but the impact is monumental.
4. Mondrian Wall
Artist & Craftsman Supply, 1660 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Fans of Piet Mondrian’s neoplasticism will love the chance to pose in front of this impressive Mondrian-inspired mural in mid-city Los Angeles. It features the familiar grid of black lines over white, with select blocks filled in with red, yellow, and blue.
5. The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Coldwater Canyon Ave. between Burbank Blvd. and Oxnard St.
The best—and biggest—Instagram-worthy spot on our list is The History of California mural, more commonly known as The Great Wall of Los Angeles. Coordinated by SPARC in 1974, this tribute to interracial harmony depicts the history of California’s ethnic peoples from pre-history to the 1950s.
Designed by artist Judith Baca, The Great Wall of Los Angeles covers six city blocks. A team of over 400 community artists and young people worked for five summers to transform this half-mile stretch of concrete wall into one of the longest, most visually-arresting murals in the world.