The very first incarnation of the Busy-Being pop-up shop happened at Manifest Equality, designed by Commune Design; the whole shop was refined to offer goods and prints that centered on the theme of love and acceptance.
(excerpt from Los Angeles Times)
The Big Lots store where Philippe Starck took me Christmas shopping in December 2008 has undergone its own stark transformation. After closing, the Hollywood store spent months behind plywood -- but through Sunday, it will be reopened as the Manifest Equality Gallery. The exhibit includes politically themed artworks by more than 150 artists -- including Los Angeles residents Shepard Fairey (of Obama "Hope" poster fame) and L.A. Times Home subject Aaron Rose -- addressing topics such as same-sex marriage, racial tolerance and personal liberty.
The show was designed by the Los Angeles firm Commune, which erected housing crisis-inspired shacks, above, inside the fluorescent-lit space. Using donated supplies and salvaged lumber fromReUse People of America in Pacoima, the exhibition space cost about 40 cents a square foot, says Commune co-founder and co-owner Roman Alonso.
The original artwork on display ranges in price from $40 to $40,000, with proceeds benefiting Courage Campaign. An on-site gift shop by Busy-Being offers T-shirts, felt critters, $26 ceramic cups by Katsuo Design and $20 posters by Sister Corita, the noted printmaker and art teacher.