The woman depicted in the mural at Santa Monica Blvd. and Robertson Ave. is none other than Councilmember Lindsey Horvath!
Speculation began Friday when the outlines of a mysterious blonde began to coalesce on the corner building. Instead of a piece of public art, this installation appears to be a political ad in support of Horvath’s campaign for County Supervisor. The finished portrait captures Horvath’s color scheme and distinct features, but she appears somehow less than happy as she gazes out at the city where her political career began and flourished.
Neighbors for Lindsey Horvath for Supervisor has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the candidate, but few of those came from actual neighbors. More typical are donors like Athens Enterprises of City of Industry, which handles WeHo’s trash and recycling, which gave the group $10,000. A glance through the contribution reports reveals donation after donation from Los Angeles and Santa Monica but few from WeHo itself.
The mural replaces a bright, psychedelic mural by LGBTQIA+ artist Lauren Ys painted in 2021.
It’s not the first creative whitewashing her campaign has engaged in.
Horvath recently scrubbed references to the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as to the City of West Hollywood, from her campaign webpage, a move speculators think her campaign made to increase her appeal in other L.A. communities.