Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Great Wall of Topanga

Rat traps.  Giant cockroaches.  Creepy dolls.  Murals.  Collages.  Terracotta warriors.  This wonderful, whimsical art installation was born out of frustration.  Rick Denman, the owner of the property behind the retaining wall, got fed up with scrubbing graffiti off it.  He decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and for us lovers of outsider art, we are glad he did!

For the last several years, I have made it a point to drive by The Great Wall of Topanga, as it is now known, whenever I go to Santa Monica.  It is located on Topanga Canyon Road, a short cut I take to avoid the 405 from the 101.  Besides this art installation, Topanga has lots of great shops and restaurants.  It's a great pit stop for anyone who needs a break from the craziness of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Every time I drive by, the wall is a bit different.  The murals and graffiti change.  Some items are gone; others appear.  It's looking a bit worn these days.  Could probably use a face-lift and a fresh coat of paint.  Come to think of it . . . so could I!!  


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    1. If you do, please check out the vintage shop Hidden Treasures down the street. You'll love it!