The wanna-be glamorous Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood just got a minor face lift thanks to the artwork of local students and support from the Hollywood Business Improvement District (BID.)
Instead of hiring a graphic designer to come up with new colorful banners for the iconic boulevard, the BID reached out to students in the art department at Helen Bernstein High School to come up with designs, reported the Hollywood Patch. The colorful banners, celebrating the Sunset and Vine area and hanging on Sunset between Schrader and the 101 Freeway, will brighten the boulevard for the next two years. Thirty five finalists made it to the Facebook contest where Hollywood residents voted on their favorite designs and seven winners were selected including Sarah Aguilar, Juan Angeles, Kimberly Guevara, Jasmine Hernandez, Elvis Lopes, George Mercado and Dallana Velasquez.
Helen Bernstein High School, earlier know as New High School No. 1, sits just below Sunset Blvd between Wilton and Van Ness, is named for the former President of United Teachers of Los Angeles. The public high school has two distinct and quite appropriate learning communities: AME – Arts, Media and Enteratainment, and BTLR – Business, Technology and Labor Relations.
Larchmont area residents who use Hollywood as our urban backyard, in addition to driving through the area en route to things north, are seeing a lot of new development coming to Sunset Boulevard. The Taft Building on the southeast corner of Sunset and Vine has seen a revival, and now has a Starbucks open and operating in its corner shop in addition to the bubbling W Hotel. Emerson College of Boston is active east of the intersection erecting a ten-story west coast media and film campus with a bold new design.
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.