SILVER LAKE — The transformation of the boarded up Sunset Pacific Motel – aka the Bates Motel – into a conceptual art piece is scheduled to take place next month when a French artist will spray the entire building – as well as the adjacent palm trees and billboard – in a ghostly coat of opaque limewash.
Projection, which is described as a “temporal intervention into an iconic piece of LA’s architectural history and urban lore,” will last only two weeks, with an opening date scheduled for April 26, according to an announcement issued on Wednesday. The two-week long project was conceived by Vincent Lamouroux, who used a similar concept in a Paris park, where several large clumps of trees were turned snow white
The owners of the three-story motel at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bates Street plan to eventually demolish the structure to make way for one of three large apartment buildings. But an official for the developer said they have given Lamoruoux permission to use the property as an art project as long as the necessary permits are obtained.
What’s the point of Projection? Says the press release:
Just as the Silver Lake neighborhood itself has transformed radically in recent years, an continues to evolve, so to will the artist’s iteration of the motel embody a transformation, surrendering and passage; the white surface of its facade will be a symbolic invitation to project our ideas about both its mythic past and its indeterminate future.
The limewash is described as an “ecologically safe” material that will eventually erode and fade away.
The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has approved spending $913 for the opening reception and has been asked for $647 for workshops at the Silver Lake Jewish Community Center, which is across the street from the motel. In addition, the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council is supporting the project with $1,600 for the opening event and workshops at Thomas Starr King Middle School.
Correction: A previous version of this story said that the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council had allocated $3,000 in support of the project. That’s wrong. The council has approved spending $913 for the opening reception and has been asked for $647 for workshops at the Silver Lake Jewish Community Center, said Jessica McCormack, who is working on the project.