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Restoration of Frank Romero’s 1984 “Going to the Olympics”

What we have been up to...

Restoration of Frank Romero’s 1984
“Going to the Olympics”
December 6th 2012

There’s no slowing us down! Although the end of the year means a break for many, we at MCLA powered through and worked with restorers to begin work on another Olympic freeway mural. This time, we teamed up with world-renown muralist Frank Romero to bring back his beloved mural, Going to the Olympics. Work began in early December with hopes that, weather permitting, restoration would be completed by the end of February. This restoration was made possible through the generosity of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Wells Fargo, our wonderful members, Caltran’s logistic expertise, and MCLA's commissioned restorer Willie Herrón III and his wonderful team. 

Above is restorer Willie Herrón III cleaning a portion of
Going to the Olympics
(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2012)
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MCLA's End of the Year Happy Hour Celebration
December 11th 2012 

MCLA hosted an end of the year, Happy-Hour celebration to commemorate our incredibly productive year. With 8 restorations and cleanings, 10 mural tours, 7 mural workshops, 6 lectures and over 2,000 Facebook supporters, MCLA has surprised everyone with its progress only two years out of hibernation. Happy Hour attendees included restorers, muralists, street artists, art advocates, and MCLA members from throughout Los Angeles. We are grateful to the Far Bar and its owner, Dan Tahara, for contributing a percentage of the night’s sales to MCLA’s mission of restoring, preserving, and documenting murals in Los Angeles. 

MCLA's Happy Hour at the Far Bar 2012 
Artist Chaz Bojorquez, photographer and MCLA
director Gil Ortiz, Christina Ochoa,artist Jim Morphesis
and MCLA Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams.
(Photo © Stephen L. Williams, 2012)
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Mural Ordinance - PLUM Commission
November 11th 2012 

After a long review process, Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) has decided to withhold passing the Mural Ordinance until the Department of City Planning (DCP) makes some much needed revisions. Although several topics were discussed, problem areas include murals on dwelling units (five units or less versus single family units), and whether or not neighborhoods should have the ability to veto unwanted murals. An updated version ready for review has a projected completion date of January 15th 2013, when it will be reviewed by PLUM once more. To read the latest version of the mural ordinance click here

Mural Ordinance PLUM
Muralists, art advocates and Councilmember Ed Reyes
(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2012) 
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Murals in the News:

Writing on the Wall: Top L.A. Mural and Public Art Stories...
Ed Fuentes | December 21st 2012 | KCET Departures
Culver City murals will soon give way to retail development
Corina Knoll | December 4th, 2012 | LA Times           
Chicano Mural Art: A Look Into Los Angeles Art Culture 
Tiffany Valdez | November 24th 2012 | Off to See the Elephant
Lost L.A. Murals Subject of New O.C. Exhibition 
Ed Fuentes | November 13th 2012 | KCET Departures
A Collective Voice Of Murals and Street Art
Ed Fuentes | December 28th 2012 | View from a Loft

In This Issue...

  • Restoration Begins on Going to the Olympics
  • MCLA Celebration at Far Bar, December 11th
  • Mural Ordinance at PLUM

Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours:

MCLA actively organizes mural tours throughout Los Angeles as a way to connect communities directly with these important public works. Follow MCLA on Facebook or visit our events page to stay up-to-date on upcoming mural tours throughout Los Angeles!

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At a glance...

What’s Next for MCLA? 

What a crazy year it’s been! MCLA has been busier than ever, spreading the word on the mural ordinance, restoring murals across Los Angeles, supporting emerging artists, and hosting several mural tours. But our work never ends! The New Year brings new challenges, and MCLA is making great headway on restoring as many of the 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals as possible before 2014. So what’s next for MCLA? More restorations, more mural tours in new areas, and more MCLA events exclusively for supporters such as you! Help keep this momentum going by renewing or donating today
MCLA 2012 
Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2012
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Willie Herrón’s restoration of Our Past, our Present, and our Future
November 11th 2012 

Recently, muralist and restorer Willie Herrón III began cleaning Our Past, our Present, and our Future, located in East Los Angeles. Originally created in 1966 by José Reyes Meza, this mosaic mural’s restoration was financed by Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA) “The Light of The Community".

Willie Herrón’s Restoration of "Our Past, our Present, and our Future"
Photo © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2012
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