Independent Staff Report
SILVER LAKE — The abandoned Sunset Pacific Hotel is getting a new look, but it won’t last long.
Located along the Sunset Junction portion of Sunset Boulevard (4301 Sunset), the hotel that is often referred to as the Bates Motel, (Bates Avenue is nearby), has received a fresh coat of white lime powder.
It is part of a project by French artist Vincent Lamouroux entitled “Projection.”
Lamouroux says his project will turn the one-time hotel, which is scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new development, into an “iconic piece of LA’s architectural history.”
Not only the hotel building received the white powder treatment from Lamouroux. So did the palm trees around the building.
The completed project will be unveiled April 26. Over the next two weeks, the building will serve as an anchor for arts education programs in conjunction with local schools, Lamouroux said.
Then the powder, which Lamouroux says is ecologically safe, will begin to fade and the building — and the palm trees — will revert to its original form and color.
Lamouroux conducted a similar project in an outdoor art space in France in 2010.
Lamouroux’s project has the support of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, which forwarded a letter endo
rsing the project to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Once a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes, the Sunset Pacific Hotel has been the subject of much discussion since it became vacant more than two decades ago.
Some have even suggested nominating it for historical status.
Frost/Chaddock, which is redeveloping much of the neighborhood, has submitted plans that would demolish the old hotel to make way for a
new project that would include 122 residential units, 3,974 square feet if retail space, a 990-square-foot business suitable for a restaurant, a 4,500-square-foot gym or recreational space for residents and space to park 165 cars in two underground parking levels.