Posts tagged: murals
Giant mural on the parking structure at West Hollywood Library in West Hollywood, CA. I love this kind of loopy and chaotic art on the side of an official government building (the WeHo City Council also holds meetings in the gorgeous library structure).
Robert Proch Mural In Warsaw, Poland
Care to see how wide the chasm is in L.A. between suburbanites on the edges of the city and more inner-city folks?
Check out this excellent LA Times piece by my former colleague Reed Johnson about differences in thought between councilmembers Jose Huizar, who represents most of downtown and nearby areas, and Mitchell Englander, who represents the city’s most conservative neighborhoods of the Northwest San Fernando Valley.
Huizar proposes ending the blanket ban on murals and street art in most of the city and allowing even private residences to add such murals after going through a permitting and neighborhood approval process. Englander worries that such murals can change the nature of a neighborhood.
Some fans of street art and public murals might, possibly, argue that such a change might be a good thing from time to time.
An admittedly imperfect panorama shot of a large mural in a hallway of the Goethe Institut in Los Angeles, taken last night while I was there for a Zocalo talk. It’s too big, and the hallway too narrow to capture most of the image otherwise. Kinda cool, I have to say.
Roa Rocks, even snails
Great news to see the unique, if temporary, restoration of this street-side mural, on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of LA’s Silver Lake neighborhood, where singer Elliott Smith made his music and died too young.
After his death of an apparent self-inflicted wound, the mural became a de facto shrine to Smith for his many fans, but the ravages of time and graffiti artists definitely had caught up with the original image.
The project this weekend by the Punk Rock Marthas was part of a broader effort to raise money for charities supported by Smith’s estate. Just kinda cool all around.
The Mural Conservancy put out this release, looking for funding help as they begin the process of restoring one of the murals installed in and around downtown along the Hollywood Freeway for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. It’s a worthy cause. Here’s the release:
MCLA & the LA FREEWAY KIDS
Ongoing Restoration Campaign
Now through October 27, 2012
Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
155 W. Washington Blvd, Suite G1
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is restoring a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural, "L.A Freeway Kids", by Glenna Avila.
Although the mural appears to be covered up, it actually has been preserved by Caltrans with gray paint until it could be properly restored.
Funds raised will only cover a portion of the restoration costs. However, what is raised will go towards materials and equipment to carry out the restoration and ensures that upon completion the mural will be properly protected from tagging.
Risks and Challenges
The process of mural restoration is difficult, and each project presents a unique set of concerns. Variables such as the weather, tagging on the wall, and the level of deterioration of the mural, vary with each project, and must be resolved on a case by case basis. To cope with this, we have commissioned skilled restorers whose careers have been made on successful mural creations and restorations.
Despite all this, the final challenge comes when the mural is done, and must be protected. Funds received from this project will go towards ensuring that a protective coating is applied onto the mural to protect it from climatic conditions and possible tagging, allowing for it to be readily cleaned and returned back to its beautiful state quickly.
Save this mural, donate today!
RESTORATION OF HISTORIC 1984 OLYMPIC FREEWAY MURAL BY GLENNA AVILA BEGINS
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is pleased to announce the restoration of the 1984 “LA Freeway Kids” (Hollywood Freeway South, near the Los Angeles Street exit) by Glenna Avila. Ms. Avila was one of the ten major Los Angeles artists invited to adorn the freeways between downtown Los Angeles and the Coliseum as part of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival.
The restoration effort is possible through the support of MCLA, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the in-kind supervision and advice of Ms. Avila, the generosity of private donors, and also the logistical expertise of Caltrans.
Continuing with its mission of preserving the history of Los Angeles through restoring and preserving murals, MCLA has commissioned legendary artist Willie Herrón III to begin cleaning, restoring, and protecting the mural as needed. Furthermore, Mr. Herrón has selected renowned muralists Carlos Callejo and Raúl Gonzalez as his team of artists to assist with the restoration process.
Muralist Willie Herrónʼs restoration process utilizes green products and water retrieval done in accordance with environmental protection standards.
MCLA, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the protection and preservation of public murals in Los Angeles, http://www.muralconservancy.org.
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Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)
213-291-6900, Cell: 626-278-0761
The torturous process of modifying Los Angeles’ city ordinances that largely ban street art, murals and related works continues, with Eastside Councilman Jose Huizar scheduling a workshop in Boyle Heights ahead of next month’s second Planning Commission hearing on a modified ordinance. If you want more distinctive walls in our city, finding a way to participate in these meetings would be a big step forward.