Yesterday, nearly 4,000 people RSVP’ed to the official “opening” of Projection LA. On April 26, 2015, the adjacent residential street of Bates in the East Hollywood neighborhood Silver Lake was blocked off for viewers to marvel at the installation up close.
Known as the “Bates Motel” to Silver Lake residents, the Sunset Pacific Motel has stood as a decrepit Sunset Junction relic with a seedy past: Murders, prostitution, drugs. It closed in the 1990s and has since been boarded up, fenced in by chainlink, and covered in graffiti and “No Trespassing” signs, while hip cafes, bars, and vintage shops popped up in its proximity. Rumors of the motel being bulldozed for condos, or re-opening as a boutique hotel have come and gone, while the abandoned building blended into the background for most passers-by.
That is, of course, until it re-appeared one April morning as a ghost. Doused in white, a stark contrast to the cushion of smog against the East Hollywood sky, the media outlets buzzed with allure.
A French artist by the name of Vincent Lamouroux (in conjunction with an LA-based gallery called Please Do Not Enter) had coated the landmark with an eco-friendly lime wash. The piece is called “Projection” and will remain until it the whitewash fades with time, or until the condemned motel is demolished indefinitely. But in her final days, you can bid adieu to the Bates Motel as she has never been– a transformed angel, ephemeral and perfect, awaiting her ascent into history.