Vincent Lamouroux Transforms Bates Motel Into An Ephemeral Art Installation

Vincent Lamouroux

The French artist Vincent Lamouroux has transformed the derelict ‘Sunset Pacific Motel,’ in Silver Lake into a temporary and ephemeral art installation. ‘Projection’ was produced by Please Do Not Enter and supported by Creative Migration, FLAX, Lycée international de Los Angeles and Institut Français. Sunset Pacific Motel provided by Frost/Chaddock.

The structure which for many years has been nicknamed ‘Bates Motel’ because of its location on Sunset Boulevard and Bates Avenue is a transitioning facade, an abandoned motel as a commonplace, archetype of the constant mobility of contemporary society. A white coat now adorns the architecture. The limewash thoroughly covers the building and the adjacent billboard, as well as the palm trees that surround it. The urban space is disrupted. An abandoned space is transfigured and enhanced, perhaps eluding its last glory. The motel’s intriguing aspect is accommodating an imaginary drive away from our habitual quest for sameness.

Projection induces both an appearance and a disappearance; it revisits our existing landscape with new eyes and envisions the building’s surfaces as screens for the projection of our desires.” – Vincent Lamouroux

Top Photo:  Vincent Lamouroux Additional Photos © Jake Robinson 

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