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    The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo Features Condom Art for National Condom Day

    Wednesday, February 14, 2024 marks National Condom Day, an initiative aimed at promoting awareness and advocacy for safe sexual practices. To commemorate this occasion and encourage discussions surrounding condom usage, The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host condom art exhibitions.

    On display at the gallery are two dresses crafted entirely from condoms, along with an interactive art installation featuring inflated condoms. Renowned designer and artist Gunnar Deatherage contributed a stunning black gown adorned with gold condom elements, inspired by the theme of the MET GALA. “I partnered with the LA County Department of Public Health to repurpose expired condoms into an educational art project about safe sex practices in honor of World AIDS Day,” shared Deatherage. “The dress features condom roses spray-painted gold, symbolizing transformation and promoting safe sex.”

    National Condom Day at The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo – WEHO TIMES
    National Condom Day at The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo – WEHO TIMES

    Designer and artist Page Parson created a fishtail gown covered in condoms, with the word “SAFE” prominently displayed on the front. “As a trans woman, I’ve witnessed the impact of HIV on my chosen family,” said Parson. “This gown serves as a glamorous conversation starter about the importance of safer sex practices.”

    Click here to view the making of the dress: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0VNatkp-c7/

    National Condom Day at The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo – WEHO TIMES
    National Condom Day at The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo – WEHO TIMES

    Artist Ali Spagnola contributed an interactive floating condom experience within the gallery, using 5,000 One Condoms to create an immersive display. Spagnola filled over 1,000 condoms, some with helium to make them float, and illuminated the room with LED light strips for an otherworldly ambiance. On her Instagram account @alispagnola, she encouraged visitors to access free condom providers and sexual health resources in LA County. “Visit www.LACondom.com to find free condom providers near you, or if your organization would like to provide free condoms in L.A. County,” she posted. “You can visit www.GetProtectedLA.com for other sexual health info and resources, including HIV/STI testing locations. And also follow @TransInLA on IG and FB for resources by and for trans-identifying folx.”

    National Condom Day at The Gallery at Circus of Books WeHo – WEHO TIMES

    This is what you get when you blow up 1,000 condoms and light them. inside the gallery of @Circus of Books – The art installation by @Ali Spagnola is in recognition of National Condom Day on February 14. Stop by Circus of Books WeHo at 8230 Santa Monica Blvd, and go for a dive. It’s safe. #wehonews #wehotimes #wehocity #weho #wehonightlife #westhollywood #lgbt #nationalcondomday #safesex #circusofbooks

    ♬ Walking Around – Instrumental Version – Eldar Kedem

    National Condom Day, observed during Condom Week in Condom Month, originated from efforts to promote safe and enjoyable sex. In 1978, students at the University of California in Berkeley organized the first National Condom Week, while the late 1980s saw the formation of support groups advocating for safe sex practices during the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

    The term ‘condom’ has diverse origins, stemming from Persian, Latin, and historical references. Throughout history, condoms have evolved from animal skins and bladders to modern latex versions. The advent of vulcanization by inventor Charles Goodyear in the late 18th century revolutionized condom production, leading to a significant increase in usage.

    The Gallery at Circus of Books, located at 8230 Santa Monica Blvd, invites visitors to explore the condom art exhibitions. Operating hours are from 11am to 8pm, Monday through Wednesday, and 11am to 11pm, Thursday through Sunday.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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