Los Angeles Street Activist Leba Releases 1700 Balloons into L.A. Skies to Honor the Fallen Soliders
Oct 11, 2011 | Comments 0
Los Angeles, CA: On October 13th, 2011 street activist LEBA’s launches his public art project “PROJECT: REMEMBER, Giving the fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan war a voice” at the Downtown LA Art Walk. The project, created to raise awareness to and honor the lives of the US soldiers lost in Afghanistan, will launch during the evening hours as LEBA will lead five groups of volunteers to release approximately 1700 balloons, each lit and tagged with the name of a fallen solider, from the rooftops of downtown LA. The impressively sized project is aimed at raising public awareness of the lives lost at war, and also to encourage public action to support and in engage in raising a voice to aide in return of the troops still in Afghanistan.
In addition to the balloon launch, The Loft Salon will be hosting a fundraising art show in conjunction with the project to raise money for the wounded soldiers at the Santa Fe Lofts, 560 S. Main Street, in the heart of the Downtown LA Art Walk. The show, which will be ground zero for the evening, will feature prominent and up & coming street artists from the Los Angeles area and will run until 11:00pm the night of the project launch and is free to attend with art proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.The free event is sponsored by LA CANVAS and Brave New Foundation and includes some of LA’s best and brightest from the street art scene including: LEBA, Destroy All Design, Mear One, Dog Byte, Gregory Siff, Desire Obtain Cherish, Mar, Zombie and John Carr of YO PEACE.
LEBA, one of LA’s most politically aware and responsible artists, states his concerns and why he was motivated to create PROJECT: REMEMBER, “It has taken 10 years, 1600 United States military dead, and over 1 million civilians killed, to kill one man, Osama Bin Laden. Now that we’ve got him, it’s time to heal our country. Let’s support our troops by bringing them home, to their families and lives, before we add one more balloon to the sky.”
PROJECT: REMEMBER Launch
The Loft Salon in The Santa Fe Lofts
560 S. Main St, #8w, LA, CA 90013
8:00 – 11:00pm, Thursday October 13th, 2011