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Notorious Chick-Fil-A Vandal Turns His Eye Towards Giant Doughnuts

Time to hang the doughnuts
Time to hang the doughnuts Photo: Manny Castro

As we’ve noted in the past, food-art is generally to be avoided. But as street successes like David Choe, Banksy, and RETNA teach us, illegal-art can be a surefire ticket to notoriety and fame. Add the impressive work that graces Randy’s Donuts to the picture and maybe you can understand why, despite our previous opinions, we’re considering giant doughnut sculptures today.

Manny Castro, the artist-activist quick to claim responsibility for spray-painting “Taste Like Hate” on a South Bay Chick-Fil-A, is debuting a new art installation at Factory L.A. this Thursday night at Downtown’s Art Walk.

Considering the amount of time the guy probably spent at police stations, maybe it should come as no surprise that his main motif this time around is doughnuts. Castro is basically taking old tires and painting them to look like huge doughnuts, hanging them from the ceiling of a vacant shop in The Garment District for Thursday’s party.

We’re not sure the pieces pack quite the same visceral, pride-provoking message that his less conceptual work on the side of a Torrance chicken franchise had, but keep in mind, there will be free doughnuts on hand provided by what curator Leah Garvin claims are “L.A.’s finest” from 6:00 P.M. to midnight, as well as an open bar and DJ. So what do you really have to lose?

See Castro’s new work this Thursday at 836 S. Los Angeles St. Downtown.

Notorious Chick-Fil-A Vandal Turns His Eye Towards Giant Doughnuts