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Street art: If a fake tree grows in L.A., does anyone notice?

June 1, 2012 |  3:26 pm

The tree on Spring Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

It seems as though someone has been trying to spruce up downtown L.A. lately. First there was the papier-mache family sunbathing in an empty lot. Then, a group of grazing deer appeared near 4th and Hill streets.

The latest installation? A wooden tree that sprouted Friday from a lopped-off tree trunk near Spring and 2nd streets.

The street art is subtle enough to blend in with the city-scape, but just jarring enough to warrant a second look. People rushing through downtown stopped cellphone conversations to snap pictures of the life-size sunbathers last month.

The intent of the two artists who created the sunbathers was to get passersby to take notice of invisible spaces, said Calder Greenwald, 32, a New York native working in Los Angeles as a multimedia artist.

They told The Times they were pleased with the public’s reaction, and they might have their eye on other “loosely abandoned” parts of town as their next target. It's not clear whether they are responsible for the deer and the tree.

Have you spotted some sneaky street art lately? Tweet us your favorites using the hashtag #lastreetart or to our @lanow Twitter account.


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Photos: The tree on Spring Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. Credit: Stephen Zeigler