Gabba Alley Project
Gabba Alley Project began in 2014 when gallery owner Jason Ostro, dismayed by the prevalence of graffiti and trash in the neighborhood, decided to take action. He had a vision of turning “blight to bright” by decorating local alleys with colorful artwork. He began by painting a mural himself in collaboration with street artist Andrea LaHue (aka Random Act). Before long their single mural of flowers had blossomed into a movement.
Since then Gabba Alley Project has brightened the city with over 110 murals by more than 85 local and international artists. Ostro gets permission from homeowners and businesses and assigns each wall to a volunteer muralist armed with donated paint.
Currently the artwork is focused in four alleys. Three of the alleys are located near the gallery in Historic Filipinotown. The fourth is in Echo Park. It is known as Animal Alley because all the murals depict animals.
Gabba Alley Project has been officially recognized by the City of Los Angeles. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell awarded certificates of commendation to Gabba Gallery and all the artists who have painted murals.