Pattern Park art installment by The Art of Chase was recently completed in the City of West Hollywood, making it the fourth and final art installation in a series of micro-parks throughout the city. The street art surrounds the parking lot located on the Sunset Strip on the north side of Sunset Boulevard from Sherbourne Drive to the east and Horn Avenue to the west, next to the Tower Records building.
Art of Chase artist who simply goes by the name Chase, was seen with spray paint on hand, as he added some finishing touches to the ticket booth at the parking lot on Tuesday, March 9.
“I’m beautifying this old park,” Chase told WEHO TIMES. “It’s a semi-permanent installation on the Sunset Strip. People have been walking by who I guess have been living here for a long time, and they’re saying that they’ve been walking their dogs or have gotten coffee here for 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, and finally they get a happy, happy feeling.”
Chase says the artwork took almost three weeks to complete, with some delays due to the rain and other unforeseen obstacles. “There are always surprises when doing these things,” he said. “Like today, it’s taking me hours to remove this tape, which is getting stuck for some reason, and someone drove into the curb, which removed some of the red paint, so I had to repaint the curb. There all kinds of little things that make you backtrack, but I’m happy with it.”
The artist’s goal was to capture the diversity of the City of West Hollywood’s inhabitants. The micro-park features fence and sidewalk art utilizing spray paint, exterior latex paint, and stencils to transform the sidewalk, curbs, and ticket booth of the park area. The artist’s signature “Dancing Eyes” are fabricated out of laser-cut wood, then painted and affixed to the fencing.
According to Chase a ribbon-cutting ceremony is in the works to mark the official unveiling of the Pattern Park on Wednesday, March 14, but he said the date could be pushed back due to possible rain.
The temporary micro-park installations are a project of the City of West Hollywood’s Micro-Park Pilot Program, which activates underutilized spaces within the City during the renovation of West Hollywood Park. Kaleidoscope, TinyParks, and #WeLoveWeHo were the first three of these four installations, which are expected to remain in place for 12 to 18 months.
As with all of the City of West Hollywood’s micro-parks, pictures and selfies are encouraged — photos can be shared on social media for all to enjoy – be sure to tag @WeHoCity and use the hashtag #micropark.
Chase (The Art of Chase) is known for his quirky and humorous paintings that create disruption in our day to day lives. After moving to Los Angeles from Belgium in the 1990s, he began his foray into the street art world on a large scale, seeing a raw city open to creation, offering a new mode of communication through imagery and quirky text. His determination, fueled by his mantra “where there’s a wall, there’s a way,” has given rise to international opportunities and more than 350 murals worldwide. The psychedelic, graphic, and positive aesthetic of his work add to the urban landscape, but also seek to create a dialogue between city inhabitants and within ourselves. Chase’s work is also featured in the City of West Hollywood’s automated parking garage, in Bay 3.
More information about the artist can be found at theartofchase.com.