The Kicks of Route 66, 2016
YoMeryl (Bronwyn Lundberg and Sarah Zucker)
Above are 4 of the 32 banners featured in the mural which measures 7 x 684 feet
In conjunction with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, WeHo Arts in partnership with the Department of Public Works, commissioned a unique art on construction fence mural from the artist team YoMeryl. The 7 x 684-foot mural depicts the diversity of landscape and culture along Historic Route 66 and celebrates its terminus in California.
Brightly colored anthropomorphic shoes are seen travelling the road, implying individuals from every walk of life, and also paying tribute to the popular song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, composed by American songwriter Bobby Troup and originally recorded by the King Cole Trio. These bold characters with fun faces pop-out from the background in a style reminiscent of traditional cel-based animation. The mural depicts the entirety of Route 66, as day turns to night, with expressionistic renderings of famous landmarks, such as the Blue Whale of Catoosa to West Hollywood’s Barneys Beanery. The entire list of landmarks includes:
Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO)
The Blue Whale of Catoosa (Catoosa, OK)
Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, TX)
Brontosaurus Family (Santa Fe, NM)
Hollywood Sign (Los Angeles, CA)
Sunset Junction (Los Angeles, CA)
Formosa Café (West Hollywood, CA)
Neon sign from Baby Blues Café (West Hollywood, CA)
Laurel Hardware (West Hollywood, CA)
Neon sign “The Diver” (West Hollywood, CA)
Emser Tile (West Hollywood, CA)
Barney’s Beanery (West Hollywood, CA)
The Night Clubs of Santa Monica Boulevard (West Hollywood, CA)
The Troubadour (West Hollywood, CA)
Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, CA)
YoMeryl (Bronwyn Lundberg + Sarah Zucker) is a Pop Art Studio based in Los Angeles that specializes in Animated GIF and Public Art. Bronwyn Lundberg is a Painter and Illustrator, known for her iconic work, The Lesbian Last Supper. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah Zucker is a writer/director and media artist. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from New York University, and is a Jeopardy! Champion.
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