1939 WPA mural restored in Inglewood

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1939 WPA mural restored in Inglewood

Postby nichols » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:39 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Inglewood's famed 'History of Transportation' mural makes a bold comeback
Six years after it was removed in deplorable condition, Helen Lundeberg's giant WPA artwork returns in style.
By Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 11, 2007
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Sixty-seven years after it was installed in Inglewood, with great fanfare, and six years after it was removed for restoration, in deplorable condition, Helen Lundeberg's massive WPA mural "The History of Transportation" has a new home. The 60-panel, 240-foot-long artwork runs along a curved wall in the new Grevillea Art Park, close to Inglewood City Hall and High School.

Thanks to city authorities, preservationists and concerned citizens, the refurbished mural has been given a place of honor at the corner of Manchester Boulevard and Grevillea Avenue. Outfitted with a protective coating that will make graffiti easy to remove, it's ready to meet the public at a dedication ceremony today at 2 p.m.

This is quite a comeback for the mural, which was badly battered and disfigured before it underwent treatment at Sculpture Conservation Studio in West Los Angeles. Made of petrachrome, a terrazzo-like material composed of crushed rock embedded in tinted mortar, the artwork was built to last. But two panels were destroyed by wayward vehicles; others were cracked and buried under layers of graffiti...

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Postby Synthetrix » Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:21 pm

Awesome! I always liked that mural. It's a good thing that they coated it because stuff gets hit up pretty fast in Inglewood unfortunately.
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Postby nichols » Thu May 08, 2008 11:27 am

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The mural is winning an LA Conservancy preservation award as I type this.

"History of Transportation" Mural
Inglewood


Sculpture Conservation Studio
A small group of dedicated citizens worked with city officials to rescue, restore, and relocate a rare Works Progress Administration mural depicting the area’s early transportation history, getting the community deeply involved and providing a new source of civic pride.

Owner: City of Inglewood
Art Conservator: Sculpture Conservation Studio
Art Historian: California Archives
Landscape Architect: Meyer and Associates
Contractor: Pima Construction
Architectural Historian: Carson Anderson
Structural Engineer: Melvyn Green & Associates, Inc.
Environmental Analyst: Terry Hayes Associates
Project Manager: Elwood & Associates
Installer: Carnevale & Lohr
Artists’ Representative: Tobey Moss Gallery
Art Mover/Handler: Cooke’s Crating

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Postby nichols » Thu May 08, 2008 11:29 am

...and of course, it's immediately tagged

THE WAVE
By OLU ALEMORU, Staff Writer 08.MAY.08
Restored last year, "History of Transportation" is targeted by taggers as officials consider installing surveillance equipment.

INGLEWOOD An historic artwork that was restored and rededicated last August has been vandalized twice in recent months, prompting calls for increased surveillance at the site.

The eight-foot-high, 240-foot-long ìHistory of Transportationî mural now on permanent display at Grevillea Art Park directly opposite Inglewood High School, was defaced on March 25 and on April 24.

Completed by California artist Helen Lundeberg in 1939 and originally commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Project Administration, the work is a cast concrete and terrazzo paneled mural wall composed of 60 panels...

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Postby Synthetrix » Mon May 12, 2008 9:57 am

I had a feeling this was going to happen. Tagging has become such a scourge for so many of our country's great cities. It is especially bad here in Los Angeles. It seems like every time something new is built here for our community, these idiot kids can't wait to destroy it.
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