Vincent Lamouroux White Washes Iconic L.A. Roach Motel

Los Angeles has a fondness for obliterating it's architectural history, by bulldozing old classic motels, hotels, and culturally significant residences, like they did back in January when a real estate developer tore down science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury's home in Cheviot Hills. This time around, the city gave the go ahead to French artist Vincent Lamouroux to completely white wash the classically seedy Sunset Pacific Motel - along with an adjacent billboard and all the surrounding palm trees. Don't worry, no palm trees were hurt in the making of this public art exhibition - the artist used a white lime wash (not paint) that is ecologically sound. You only have a few more weeks to few the project until the lime wash wears away. photograph by Lord Jim