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On art, architecture and design

3/06/2012

Old mural brought to life unveiled this Sunday

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Public art is a form nearest and dearest to me. Like its name suggests, it is open to anyone and everyone. No need for admission to enjoy it.

Ernesto de la Loza's "Organic Stimulus" was first completed in 1975.  Painted on the sides of low-income projects, the natural landscape and idyllic views it showcased became a virtual escape for those living in the neighborhood. Here, in this part of town, there is at least a little color and life.

Photo via Mural Conservancy Los Angeles
Muralist Ernesto de La Loza returned to Boyle Heights and gave the 32 x 24 foot mural a much-needed touch up. Thanks to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). If you happen to be nearby, watch as they unveil a refreshed "Organic Stimulus" this Sunday. It's one of 13 murals that will hopefully be restored by the MCLA. It's a happy mural ending, for now.

Though, the mural is enjoying a second life, this city has had a strange love-hate relationship with murals. Sometimes, it threatens to whitewash them. Other times, it replaces them with graffiti-resistant tarps (not as great as the real thing, mind you). If we're lucky, the city has the funds to actually take care of them. Here's hoping to more maintained murals.

Mural unveiling and community art workshop by Mobile Mural Lab
March 11, 10 am
Admission: Free

Estrada Courts
3240 Olympic Blvd.,
Los Angeles


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