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As It Turns Four, Art Walk is Still Growing

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008, at 11:50PM
That's the Spirit Ed Fuentes

A Penske Moving Van became a Spring Street Guerilla Art Gallery for the April 2008 Art Walk.

"This is amazing," said Tom Gilmore, looking at the 9:30 PM crowd still swirling around GilVille as he held a rolled up poster. "There's going to be a time, years from now, when this art walk is smaller––or even bigger––and we will look back and say 'Oh, this is nothing. You should have seen it when it was really happening, back in 08.'"

Though the Downtown Art Walk has been around for a few years now, the April edition seemed to have a special energy about it. The gallery movement even took to the street, as Guerilla Art LA pulled their moving truck and opened up shop at 6pm.

Near Staples Center Thursday night, a Laker-Clipper game attracted the kind of downtown visitors who take to the streets like salmon fighting to swim upstream, only to see their brief urban life die in a small metal import parked in a garage.

A few blocks to the east, the Downtown Art Walk pond was thriving as big fish mixed with the schools of new explorers seeing art create street life for the first time; a tradition that began in the industrial area known as the Arts District.

Maybe the most telling exhibit Thursday night was the Penske moving van filed with art and used as gallery. Inspired by the Art Walk, three newcomers wanted to join in, so they rented a truck, filled it with art and artists then found their place on a Downtown street. It was a let’s try this, let’s do it, and then “Hey, it working.” The Spring street spot helped tie together the space between 4th and 5th, as the photography at the Rowan helped ensure that crowds were drawn west of Main.

This year the Art Walk turns four, and April's showing seems to say that it's definitely working, and growing.

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