Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Big Kids on the Freeway

MCLA busy restoring "LA Freeway Kids" mural on southbound US 101
Nope we’re not talking about children (or adults) attempting to ride their skateboards or plank on I-405 during “Carmegeddon II”-- this is actually legal.  These kids are between six-feet and eighteen-feet tall.

The restoration of the “LA Freeway Kids” mural by Gleena Avila on the Hollywood Freeway (US 101) is currently being restored by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) in coordination with the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) Transportation Art Program.  The mural is located on the retaining wall along the southbound US 101 between Alameda Street and Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Video:  MCLA Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams and Muralist Gleena Avila

The mural will be restored to most of what made it part of the Los Angeles landscape during the ‘84 Olympics, except instead of golden-peach background, Caltrans gray will remain in place.  Actually, several of the murals are being preserved in place behind a protective layer of gray paint that is generally used to cover graffiti on the freeway structures, so more will be brought to life.

Caltrans will clear graffiti in the gray areas, while MCLA and their muralist will continue to maintain their mural.  MCLA’s efforts are being financially supported by the Wells Fargo Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and additional private sources.