Comment to Post by Director of Mural Conservancy Prompts Revisit

Back in April, when I was participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I wrote a post on Murals of Los Angeles.  It was by far the most viewed post during that time period, with visitors still returning today.

In the post, I referenced the Mural Conservancy and their view on Los Angles as the mural capital of the world.  Soon after, one of the commenters was Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

A wonderful surprise. I’m humbled and very pleased by the original visitors, the new visitors, and the wider attention shown by the Conservancy.

Ms. Rojas-Williams continued on my point, detailing the Conservancy’s work to bring back iconic work like the 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals, “and by doing so, bringing back our mural history.” She said, “MCLA expects to be finished with this historical restoration by the summer of 2014, the 30th anniversary of the games. At the same time, MCLA continues its restoration of murals throughout greater LA.”

A few days ago, Ms. Rojas-Williams wrote again, happy to “let you and your readers know that, this week, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) will begin restoration of “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo” by John Wehrle on the 101 Freeway approx. 200 x 25.””

 The Conservancy has a website and a Facebook page, where they describe the entire restoration process in fine detail.

If you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit us in 2014, please take a moment to appreciate our public art. It is some of the most beautiful in the world!

My thanks to Ms. Rojas-Williams and the Conservancy for all their hard work, and for the follow-up to my old post.  


Image credit: John Wehrle‘s “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo,” — from the Mural Conservancy.

17 responses to “Comment to Post by Director of Mural Conservancy Prompts Revisit

  1. My goodness I had no idea L.A. was considered the Mural capital of the world? I visited L.A. in 2010 and we noticed all the artwork everywhere it was quite stunning and since we don’t have it,it also took you by surprise and is probably why it felt like it was everywhere :)

  2. I also had no idea that Los Angeles has so many murals. Chapel Hill, NC, also has murals, which always draw my eye when I drive into town. Turtles, a winter scene – the subjects are eclectic. What a wonderful way to display artwork. Is there a website for the LA murals?

  3. Hi Silvia … it’s great that artists are being able to express themselves in outdoor spaces – and the murals that people produce are amazing ..

    Here in London we seem to be using art in ‘new’ places … the London Underground is refurbishing the tube stations with the tiles going back 150 – 100 years .. fascinating to see – my first post in July shows some of the pictures ..

    Cheers Hilary

  4. Awesome that the MCLA director got involved in your post, Silvia! Great job, and congratulations!

  5. I totally missed this the first time around so very glad you posted it again. Like the others I had no idea that LA is the mural capital of the world. Have never been in there… perhaps some day.

  6. How wonderful that your original idea for a blog created such a large audience. You must feel very pleased, especially about the follow-up. I hope many more people go and view the murals.

  7. Kourtney Heintz

    Isn’t it amazing how interconnected we are online–that someone can find your post about their work and strike up a conversation? Hoping the mural project continues for many years. :)

  8. Thank you Silvia for your support. We are delighted that only a week after Mayor Garcetti took office, he sent us the following letter that said:

    “Los Angeles’ rich collection of murals are an important resource that tell the stories of our city. Yet, as we look to these murals to enlighten Angelenos for generations to come, we must realize their fragility in composition. Many are in dire need of conservation.

    That is why I support the work of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Since 1987, the MCLA has preserved our city’s artistic treasures and has ensured that the murals are more widely-accessible.

    The MCLA has a proven tract record and recently completed work on Los Angeles’ four iconic 1984 Olympic freeway murals: Glenna Boltuch Avila’s “L.A. Freeway Kids,” Kent Twitchell’s “Jim Morphesis Monument,” and “Lita Albuquerque,” and Frank Romero’s “Going to th Olympics.” The results have been a spectacular success.

    I would like to see many more of our murals restored for people to enjoy. I encourage you to support the work of the MCLA so that our city’s rich history does not fade away.



    Please let your readers know that if the become members of MCLA, they will be able to participate in all our events for free (mural tours, lectures, and mixers), which includes meeting some of the most iconic muralists of our times:


    • Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us. I will continue to promote the work of the Conservancy, and hope to see your efforts appreciated in every way on a continuous basis. Definitely sounds like membership is a good deal for art lovers and those who work hard to bring it to us.

  9. Sylvia, this is so great that there was ‘follow-up’ in this way! Well done! So interesting about the LA murals .. more cities could do this?

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