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    ‘This One is for the Queens!’ WeHo Arts Installs New Public Art by Rebekah Rose

    The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division has installed a new temporary public artwork, Rebekah Rose’s Peaches and Tea. It is on the ground floor of the West Hollywood Park Five-Story Parking Structure, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. This 9’-by-9’ vinyl mural installation is planned to be on display through April 2025.

    “This one is for the queens,” said Rebekah Rose in an artist statement. “The gender expansive they/she/hes who are breaking boundaries and busting binaries every day in a society that threatens to erase them. It is a wish for the queer community to enjoy simple pleasures and experience ease everywhere they go. These three queens have chosen each other as family and are enjoying a gay day in the park. They serve up tea and eat peaches in broad daylight, and no one bothers them as they enjoy each other’s company. They represent the joy and love that everyone under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella deserves to experience every day.”

    Rebekah Rose is a queer non-binary illustrator, muralist, and trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness teacher. In addition to their work as an artist and as a teacher, they work as the Program Manager for a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, the Arts for Healing and Justice Network. They have a BFA in illustration from California State University Long Beach. Their artwork centers on issues related to queerness, consent, body image, mental health, and social justice. They firmly believe that the path towards collective liberation is only possible by centering the needs of those most impacted by oppressive systems and actively working on healing the subsequent trauma that gets stored in the body through movement and creative expression.

    Previous artworks installed at this location include Travion Payne’s Heteronormative Death of the Golden Child; Mei Xian Qui’s Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom; Yuri Boyko’s The Persona, and Rajab Sayed’s Partition.

    The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), City Poet Laureate, Drag Laureate, Drag Story Hour, Free Theatre in the Parks, Grants, Holiday Programming, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, National Poetry Month, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art), and WeHo Reads. For more information about City of West Hollywood arts programming, please visit www.weho.org/arts.

    For more information about this artwork, please contact Marcus Mitchell, the City of West Hollywood’s Public Art Administrator, at (323) 848-3122 or at [email protected].

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    LeShawn Jackson
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    2 months ago

    I have a theory. Many “progressive activist” types imagine that WeHo is dominated by handsome and muscular gay men (if only it were). To counter this, they push a genderqueer aesthetic that is unapologetically ugly. That radical-chic imagery, however, makes the rest of us want to vomit. Can’t they have their own neighborhood instead and allow us to keep our food down?

    Enough!
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    2 months ago

    Certainly only represents a very small minority here in West Hollywood….as much of the artwork has as of late within our city.

    Weho artist
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    2 months ago

    You can vomit yourself out of West Hollywood. Goodbye!

    LeShawn Jackson
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    2 months ago

    ”Folx” that look like the figures in that mural may feel supported by a subset of progressive culture, but they know deep down that most of the world
    finds that look laughable and horrifying. Gay rights would never have gotten where they are today if it had been associated with imagery like that.

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  LeShawn Jackson
    2 months ago

    It’s literally people with jewelry and crop tops and a dress. Get over it lol

    Jason
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    2 months ago

    Queer non-binary and gay are about the most opposite things you could possibly imagine. Can we all stop pretending we’re somehow affiliated?

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