PHOTOS: Follow the Rainbow Brick Road

Painting starts to transform the red bricks into rainbow colored bricks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Crews started painting the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard about 9 p.m. on Thursday.

People passing by stopped to gawk, a smile coming across many people's face as they gazed upon the crosswalks. Frequently heard responses were "awesome," "cool" and "oh my God!"

Many people pulled out their cell phones to take photos of the colorful crosswalks.

yaya June 08, 2012 at 09:46 AM
13,000 dollars to do this for the month of june eh? That's about half my yearly income after taxes. It's nice tho.
Manny June 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Love it!!!.....Can't wait to see the newscopter images showing the LGBT community has marked their spot for a faboulous Pride weekend in Weho. Money well spent....Thank you WeHo!
OTW June 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I'm sorry...is it me or isn't $13,000 for painting one intersection outrageous! That is more than twice the amount I spent to have the entire exterior of my duplex painted! The intersection does look fabulous but really, $13,000?!?!
Someone Somewhere June 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
What would Pat Robertson say? Maybe, thank goodness gays cant multiply, or as they say, breed.
90069 June 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Is your Duplex in the middle of a major intersection? Is your Duplex coated with pavement grade paint? What insurance policy did the crew have in case of liability? etc etc. Talk about Apple v Orange. It looks great!
Riley June 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
@90069 You are joking, right? This could have been done by LBGTQ Youth volunteers...or even pay the kids something so they would feel useful and a part of things. On the other article someone mentioned getting one of the alcoholic beverage companies to sponsor the project. There were probably a hundred others ways to have defrayed the THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR cost. I am begging everyone to wake up and smell the economy. We are not Camelot!
scott ferguson June 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Riley - This couldn't have been done by volunteers. It needed to be done quickly and right the first time, overnight, professionally and consistent with state and county ordinances. There might ever be union requirements. The point likely was to promote WeHo and Pride. Anything less than a quick, perfect job by a pro-team of street painters wasn't possible.
OTW June 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
@scott ferguson. Do we know this for sure? Were there bids on painting? Please understand, I agree that the rainbow crosswalk is fun and looks great but honestly, don't you think it might have been accomplished for less? Just asking....
scott ferguson June 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
OTW - I have no idea how this was done. Until someone comes up with evidence to the contrary (not speculation that volunteers in the middle of the day would have done as good a job), I am going to assume that this was done as inexpensively as good be done responsibly, safely, and the least disruption of traffic.
Someone Somewhere June 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Who ever comissioned this project should be FIRED.
Full Name June 10, 2012 at 08:26 AM
sorry - but just about ANYONE could have done this job. There were no state OR county ordinances to follow, no unions to worry about, no special paint was used..... I went down there Thurs nite cuz I couldn't BELIEVE they were spending $13,000 to do this. Even spoke with the TWO guys who were doing it - just regular blue collar guys who told me they (the company) was hired by the city. I think it's disgraceful that they spent that much money to do this. And it's not like they did ALL the crosswalks in the intersection - JUST ONE! And why not the one on the SOUTH side of Santa Monica??? Isn't that where there's an entrance to the festival?? Would of made more sense!! I'm all for festive decor and pride this and pride that but I think careless, wasteful spending is NOT something to be proud of!
Full Name June 10, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Yeah right..... those newscopters that will be here to cover the parade when THOUSANDS of the LGBT community are standing shoulder to shoulder, one behind the other, behind the other, behind the other, in a large clusterf**k COMPLETELY COVERING that $13,000 spot !!
Full Name June 10, 2012 at 08:35 AM
It's not even for the whole month!!


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