‘History of Highland Park’ Mural Restoration Complete

By EGP News Report

(EGPNews) – A collaborative effort to restore a faded, sprawling Highland Park mural first painted by renowned artists Judy Baca, Joe Bravo, Sonya Fe, Arnold Ramirez, Sonny Williams and others more than 30 years ago, was celebrated by the community and artists on Saturday, according to a press release from Councilman Jose Huizar, who attended the event.

The “History of Highland Park” mural, which wraps around two sides of the AT&T building on Ave. 56 and portrays the history of Highland Park and Garvanza, fell into disrepair over the years as its anti-graffiti protective deteriorated, forcing an end to efforts to remove graffiti in order to protect the underlying mural.

Beginning in 2007, Councilmember Huizar worked with AT&T and the original artists to reach an agreement over who should pay for the needed repairs. The estimated $78,000 restoration was funded by AT&T and overseen by Judy Baca and SPARC; with assistance from the Highland Park Heritage Trust, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, UCLA students, artists and restoration volunteers, according to Huizar.

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October 27, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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