Silver Lake stairway gets a colorful makeover

Swan Stairway mural

Photo courtesy Casey Revkin-Maugér

SILVER LAKE —  Casey Revkin-Maugér looks forward to early morning walks up the Swan Place Stairway with her dog Baxter and being rewarded with a Downtown view from the top of the stairs.  After a neighborhood program was launched last year to adopt and care for Silver Lake’s public stairways, Revkin-Maugér teamed up with friend and artist Eve Dastmalchian to create a series of murals along the Swan Place Stairway.

Last month, Dastmalchian began painting brightly-colored and geometric murals along the stairway, which is composed of more than 360 steps divided over three flights of stairs.

“I’ve enjoyed watching in recent years as more and more people have come to appreciate” the neighborhood, said Revkin-Maugér, who is a life-time resident. “But it’s important to me to preserve [Silver Lake’s] original creative character. The bright colors and geometric designs that Eve paints add to the neighborhood’s character while providing continuity with its historical look.

Swan Stairway mural

Photo courtesy Casey Revkin-Maugér

Revkin-Maugér and Dastmalchian, who also operates a home decor company, notified neighbors near the stairway, and then began purchasing and accepting donations of house paint for the project.

For the walls on Redesdale, Dastmalchian painted one of her favorite geometric patterns in a color palette – mostly greens and tans with pops of blue and yellow – that complimented the surrounding landscape:  For the walls on Rotary,  Dastmalchian played with a monochromatic, three- dimensional pattern with some lettering.  For the stairs, Dastmalchian said she is going to do one ombre, one color block and some organic shapes and shades.

“The response from the community has been so wonderful,” said  Dastmalchian, who is continuing to paint the stairway. “They have brought me popsicles and offered me their bathrooms. I am very grateful. Even the UPS guy has stopped everyday to thank me and chat.”

Swan Stairway mural

Photo courtesy Casey Revkin-Maugér

Swan Stairway mural

Photo courtesy Casey Revkin-Maugér

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  1. Let’s hope those same neighbors and artists will be maintaining those murals when they get hit with graffiti.

    • I live right in between both of them, I chase the gang members off the stairs and will continue doing it, I do keep my eyes out, I will be soon putting up cameras on top and the bottom

  2. I like the idea of adding some murals or other art. However, I don’t think this particular design took enough overview of the the surrounding terrain to match nicely — I think it clashes terribly. It screams whereas everything surrounding soothes, they are opposites. So, rather the complement the atmosphere, the mural torpedoes it. I like the idea of adding art tot he stairway, but a type that complements what surrounds would be better.

    Just my thoughts. I’m sure others will disagree. But I appreciate the effort anyway, nice to see people trying.

  3. I love the artwork that she did, I’m the guy that lives on rotary I’m the one that cleaned up the street from all that dirt that was blocking rotary,

  4. Kim,
    I totally disagree with you. These designs are really nice. A stairway is a geometrical design so these fit perfectly. There are some really bad art murals around Silver Lake. These are well thought out and done well.

    • Stairways involve geometry but that doesn’t mean all geometric patterns are going to look good. In the case of these stairs, no mural at all would definitely have been the best choice.

  5. These murals are advertisements.

    • I like the mural, but I agree about the advertising. If this was a selfless act, it would NOT have have a link to the painter’s home decor company painted on it, but rather a link to the Stairway project itself. Interested people could still find out who did the work. Would anyone object if I grafiti’d over the advertising?

  6. In the spirit of reporting accuracy, the Swan stairway triple has 287 steps, not over 360. The lower stairway has 77 steps, the middle stairway has 110 steps, and the upper stairway has 100 steps.

    Regarding the art, as a regular stair-walker, I enjoy it.

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