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Street art: Gorillas in the midst of L.A. City Council District 11 campaign

Gorillas Venice

Gonzo Rock

Isabelle Alford-Lago's mural on a Venice street depicting gorillas on the march was altered recently at the homeowner's request to add a campaign message for L.A. City Council candidate Odysseus Bostick.

Two years ago, artist Isabelle Alford-Lago accepted a homeowner's invitation to paint a graffiti-prone wall on 20th Avenue, one of Venice's small walking streets. Alford-Lago, known for her gorilla depictions around Venice, painted four primates on the wall, marching purposefully along.

The mural was recently altered to add a campaign message in a cartoon speech balloon: "We're voting 4 Odysseus Bostick City Council."

Homeowner Gonzo Rock, who commissioned the original artwork, had another artist do the alteration, with Alford-Lago's approval. Rock's a fan of Bostick, who is running in Council District 11.

"He's a guy with a really big heart and even bigger mind," Rock said.

Bostick is one of ten candidates in the 11th District race for City Council, hoping to succeed incumbent Bill Rosendahl. Rosendahl, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, stepped out of the race last year to focus on his health.