French artist Thierry Noir has completed a mural in Los Angeles entitled Freedom Boulevard. The 15,000 sq ft mural painted on the side of a stark white apartment building in the North Hollywood Arts District was commissioned by building owner MWest Holdings. The mural depicts Noir’s signature elongated heads in profile which grew out of what he calls his Fast Form Manifest, a style he developed in Berlin during the 1980s. Known worldwide for his brave disobedience during the Cold War in illegally painting miles of the Berlin Wall, Noir’s work stands as a symbol of freedom and an act of defiance against walls, borders and persecution. Since the 1980s Noir has continued to paint murals around the world in his internationally known visual language.
If, when you look at ‘Freedom Boulevard,’ you have one second of smiling on your face, it’s the best thing. I think that’s the first important thing to me. The second is, I did that style on a deadly border, so it’s important to note that on our side, on the West Berlin side, we were free; and on the East Berlin side, we were not. So it’s a statement of freedom. Today, there are a lot of crazy things happening in the world. So ‘Freedom Boulevard’ is like a defense, of course symbolically, but a firewall to protect Los Angeles against craziness of the world.