Commission legalizes Silver Lake stairway murals

“Stair Candy,” Micheltorena Staircase/Courtesy of L.A Cultural Affairs (DCA)

“Stair Tempo,” Hamilton Staircase | Courtesy DCA


SILVER LAKE – Two outdoor staircase murals off of Sunset Boulevard have been brightening the neighborhood for nearly four years now.  But the artists never received city permission to paint them on public property.

Last week, however, the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission approved the murals as public art – retroactively.

“Stair Candy,” a multi-colored rise of hearts and pastels on the Micheltorena Staircase between Micheltorena Street and Sunset Boulevard. was painted in April 2015 by artists Corinne Carrey, Carla Obrien, and Mandon Bossi. The colorful stairway has proven a popular spot for Instagram portraits.

The following month, Carrey made another mural, “Stair Tempo,” patterned on piano keys, on the Hamilton Staircase between Sunset Boulevard and Hamilton Way.


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“The artists did not know that permission was needed to paint on city property,” said Felicia Filer, public art division director from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). “An affirmative vote from the Commission would correct this error.”

The proposal before the commission noted that the murals were created in response to neglect in the area, and a need for beautification.

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  1. That’s cool. Now, how do we go about opening the neighborhood’s closed public stairways and walkways? The Parkman-Westerly Stairway were closed due to criminal activity in 1990, the Garcia Walk was closed due to criminal activity and dumping in 1991, and the Fargo Stairway was closed around 2000 due to loitering.

    All three closures are a violation of Citizens Against Gated Enclaves v. Whitley Heights Civic Assn. (1994) 23 Cal.App.4th 812 , 28 Cal.Rptr.2d 451, in which a judge declared that public streets [public stairways, stairstreets, and walkways are public streets] can not withdrawn from public use and gifted to private individuals.

    Not to mention, that criminal activity most often cited, pot smoking, is no longer a crime, and loitering… loitering?! Open the stairs!

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