Thursday, November 8, 2012

Murals Adorn Caltrans Building

If you’re in Downtown Los Angeles for the Art Walk, stop by to check out the mural replicas, aka mobile murals (just couldn’t come up with a catchy name for them, but they’re amazing!) that have been literally rolled up, removed from the Hollywood Freeway (US 101), and hung at the Caltrans District 7 District Office at 100 S. Main Street, in Downtown Los Angeles, across from LAPD Headquarters.  

You can also head over to check out the real murals along the retaining walls of US 101 between Alameda St. and Grand Avenue that the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles working in coordination with Caltrans has brought back to life.   
The mural replicas are depictions of murals that once adorned US 101.  Frank Romero’s “Going tothe Olympics” and John Wehrle’s “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo,” were painted alongside the freeway to help beautify Los Angeles during the ‘84 Olympics.  George Sportelli's "Tony Curtis" survived US 101 from 1995 to 2011, when Sportelli removed it.  Unfortunately, over the years vandals had defaced the murals, and eventually Caltrans covered protective gray paint to preserve them in place.