What does streetart, Charlie Chaplin and Doris Day have in common?

Every time I walk around Carmel-by-the-Sea I see something new. Today I saw some interesting "streetart" at the Cypress Inn which is co-owned by Doris Day. Talk about curb appeal: here was a big, dripping heart with Charlie Chaplin in the middle holding a big paint bucket and brush. How had I missed that before? I understand it was painted during last October's Carmel Art and Film Festival.

On closer inspection I see that this work of art is signed by "Mr. Brainwash". Hm, now I'm hooked to find out more. Turns out that the actual artist's name is Theirry Guetta who began as a documentary film maker. He is considered the next Andy Warhol by some critics. Now here he is decorating a big blank wall at one of the city's most well-known inns and, I gather, several others in Carmel. You know what I will be doing this weekend, finding the others!

I asked my friends around town what they thought about this "art." Surprisingly, many actually knew about it and weren't too sure what to make of it. This is the city in the forest where signage comes under heavy scrutiny of the Planning Department. Is this considered a sign? However, we are known as an artists colony...

Want to know more about Mr. Brainwash? Click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Brainwash

And here's an article by the local news http://www.ksbw.com/entertainment/25321299/detail.html

Charlie Chaplin at Cypress Inn Carmel 

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