While preparing to teach a contemporary art course last spring, Lizy Dastin found herself exploring urban art sprinkled throughout Los Angeles, be it tucked away in a park, splashed across the side of a building or painted on a sidewalk.
“During that class, I saw how much street art resonated with my students and how exciting and accessible it is for people in general,” Ms. Dastin said. So she created Art and Seeking to offer public-art tours in and around Los Angeles.
Each tour focuses on a single neighborhood with a high density of quality work that can be seen on foot in less than an hour, she said, including areas in downtown, Beverly Hills and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. She introduces participants to works both by established street artists, such as Hueman and Shepard Fairey, and up-and-comers like Paige Smith, antigirl and Morley.
Custom walking tours cost $200 for four people, but larger groups can be accommodated, she said.
For do-it-yourselfers, she put together an iPhone app ($10.99) with audio tours and downloadable maps, and also video tours ($6.99).
“I don’t believe that art has to be this precious thing to be experienced in the confines of a museum or as part of the corporate system,” she said. “It’s especially exciting to do this in L.A. as opposed to any other city because of the two biggest misnomers here — that we have no culture and that you can’t walk in L.A. I’m also excited for the artists. I met with over 40 street artists while researching this, and their art isn’t accepted in the way it should be.”
In Transit by Danie Daniel