Monday, December 16, 2013

Caltrans Archives: L.A. Freeway Kids Mural, Coming To Life on US 101

Gleena Avila (mid-level) painting one of the "kids" on 4/14/1984

Located on a retaining wall along the southbound Hollywood Freeway (US 101) in downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Freeway Kids mural, painted by Gleena Avila in 1984, has stood as a reminder when Los Angeles opened its doors to the world for the ’84 Olympics.  

Back in 1983, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) worked closely with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and several artists to allow for the painting of murals along freeways in downtown Los Angeles.

Over the years, many of the murals suffered attacks by vandals and taggers, but today working in coordination with the Caltrans’ Transportation Art Program, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles has worked to bring these important works of art back into the view of nearly 200,000 motorists a day.

Obviously, the story about murals along freeways in Los Angeles is a much longer one, but since these photos were recently found by our District 7 bloggers, we felt we'd share it with you today.