Drive-By Design: A garage library? Well, sort of ...


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Garage doors generally fall into the not-terribly-interesting category. At least that’s what I used to think. While walking with my dog this week on Mulholland Highway under the Hollywood sign, I spotted this garage door painted as if it were a library. The trompe l’oeil is the brainchild of Lee Dembart, a former editorial writer and book reviewer for the L.A. Times. (I swear I didn’t know when I knocked on his door at 8:15 in the morning.) He had the mural painted in 2005 by artist Don Gray, who now resides in Oregon. How come? ‘I love books,’ was Dembart’s answer. ‘They’re my passion.’ Seems like a good enough reason to me.

Maybe painting your passion on your garage door will start a trend. It is like a large, blank canvas. More photos, including details of the mural, after the jump.


-- Barbara Thornburg

Photo credits: Barbara Thornburg / Los Angeles Times