SILVER LAKE — After being boarded up for about two decades, the owners of the Sunset Pacific Motel – aka Bates Motel – plan to demolish the Sunset Boulevard structure to construct apartments, part of a trio of controversial apartment building. But before the bulldozers arrive, a French artist has proposed turning the Sunset Pacific into a temporary art installation called Projection.
What does Vincent Lamouroux have in mind? A letter from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, which has endorsed the project, to Mayor Eric Garcetti describes the “site specific and ephemeral art installation” this way:
This abandoned environment will be transfigured with a blanket of ecologically safe, white powder covering the entire building and its close surroundings.
Workshops and conferences related to Projection would be held at locations near the Sunset Pacific. “This will be an important farewell to its past as it [the Sunset Pacific] transitions to its future,” according to the letter written on behalf of the neighborhood council by Co-Chair Amy Clarke.
It’s not clear what this will look like but Lamouroux used a similar concept in a Paris park, where several large clumps of trees were turned snow white during a temporary art show. Perhaps this is like flocking a Christmas tree?
Whether or not Lamouroux can go ahead with flocking the Sunset Pacific depends on property owner and developer Frost/Chaddock. The developer, through a representative, said its been working with Lamouroux for over a year on his idea but he still needs to get proper permits and community backing.
“He sees this project as an exciting transformation for this long dilapidated building, and we are excited to be part of that as the site transitions to our proposed project,” the company said in a statement. “As we have discussed with the artist, we are supportive assuming he and his team obtain all proper permitting, and the community continues to support the project.”