Art in the High Tower: Inside Downtown’s 72nd Floor Street Art Gallery

In March, Silverstein Properties issued an open call and ended up selecting 15 LA-based street artists/crews to paint murals in the glassed-in 72nd floor of the U.S. Bank building — the highest tower in the city with the most opulent 360-degree view. The idea was to “elevate” art and artists that inspire, and are inspired by, the city.

Asked only to express on the theme, “What does LA mean to you?,” the cohort riffs on flower markets and wild gardens, street vendors and sports legends, family and neighborhood, music history and graffiti writers, diverse heritage and indigenous culture, astronauts, jazz, and boba.

Silverstein Properties has previously worked with artists from all over the world to commission murals in and around several buildings at the new World Trade Center in New York City, and now they’ve made the walls, floor, columns, and windows of this iconic yet raw and unoccupied floor in DTLA available to the artists — and the enterprising public, by appointment.

The project features original works by Beau Stanton, Casey Courey Pickering, Debi Cable, Elekktra, Elliott Nes, Haus of Emichi, Lauren YS, LOVE Crew, Man One, Mary Lai, Mister Alek, Nora Martin Hall, Paloma Arciniega, Quentin Thomas, and Sophie Mazzaro — all set against the dramatic backdrop of vertical and horizontal urban sprawl and density ringed by the mountains and the sea.

U.S. Bank Tower Floor 72, 633 W. Fifth St., 72nd Floor, dtla; Register to visit here: