Freeway Murals Being Installed Today on Hollywood Freeway

By City News Service

(CNS) – Caltrans will install four graffiti- and vandal- resistant mural replicas today along the Hollywood (101) Freeway between Alameda Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

“This project has become a viable and tax-free way to preserve art and combat vandals who have aggressively attacked public art on the freeway system,” said Caltrans Deputy District 7 Director of Maintenance Dan Freeman.

The murals are replicas of Jimmy Centeno’s “Viaje” and “Un homenaje a la Mujer Latinoamericana” and Rene Trujillo’s “Birdsee(d)” and “Bomba,” and will join previously installed replicas of works by John Werhle, George Sportelli, Ruben Soto and Frank Romero.

The mural replicas are printed on canvases made of recycled plastic and vinyl fabric designed to be resistant to most paint types, according to Caltrans.

The pilot project began in 2010 with the installation of five murals, only one of which has been the target of any vandalism over the past two years, Caltrans officials said.

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June 28, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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