Artist Nico Avina has been posting up public art around Boyle Heights for the past year, sending people on a journey to find the work and claim it. Photo / El Merkado Negro
Previously published in LA Streetsblog
The photo’s caption that went out on Instragram (@naconico) that caught @elrandomhero’s (aka Streetsblog contributor Erick Huerta) attention said: “Here it is the piece that is going up right now, stay tuned for clue number one. Remember who ever gets to it first is the new owner #resiclarte #freeart”
The photo, sent out by Boyle Heights-based artist Nico Avina, showed an acrylic painting on wood hanging on a chain link fence. In the background, an LAPD automobile was parked in an alley. Huerta was certain he knew where it was.
Avina has been posting public artwork for the past year around Boyle Heights and using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to send people on a search to claim the work. Avina calls his work “Resciclarte,” which he creates from found waste. Avina has used old skateboards, and even the bottom part of a drawer to create images that vary from Zapatistas to calevera mariachis.
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