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Mural Restoration Expert Appointed by the City of Los Angeles


Public Art Division –

City of Los Angeles Art Collection Appoints

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories

as Painting and Mural Restoration and Conservation Experts

The art conservation, art restoration and maintenance of murals and public art for the City of Los Angeles has been a privilege that we feel deeply over the years at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL). It feels good to offer socially conscious professional services to our community that help preserve art, history and heritage for generations into the future.

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural's artist Thomas Suriya

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural’s artist Thomas Suriya

Recently, FACL was chosen as the painting art conservation experts (paintings, mural preservation and restoration) for the City of Los Angeles’ newly formed Public Art Division – City Art Collection. We were awarded a 3 year contract (2017 – 2020 ). In partnership, FACL will be working with premier and nationally renown art handlers, COOKE’S CRATING AND FINE ART TRANSPORTATION, INC.

Graffiti removal from this mural (located close to Hollywood and Vine) was contracted to FACL with the recommendation of the mural’s artist Thomas Suriya

This new contract with the City of Los Angeles is similar to a previous public art maintenance painting and mural conservation and restoration gig that FACL and Cookes Crating had with the City through the now defunct Arts Commission.

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories is also presently providing the same art restoration oversight for the public art in the collections of the Federal Reserve (Los Angeles, Phoenix), The City of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), the History Dept of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (SLC, UT). See here the background info for FACL’s past consultation services.

In the past, Caltrans also took an active part in addressing the protection and maintenance of public art celebrating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics murals along the downtown freeway. Freeway mural God-Father Vince Moreno of Caltrans made a hero’s effort to make that happen during his time in office (since retired). Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation at FACL, worked with Mr. Moreno to diffuse a series of law suits that were going to involve the State of California, The City of Los Angeles, Caltrans and several individuals. The work in question was to work with living artists of murals to satisfactorily remove graffiti and gray Caltrans paint to recover and preserve the murals from being obliterated. The first test case, which was successful and diffused the litigation, was the mural by Kent Twitchell of the Jim Morphesis Monument on the 101 freeway.

Mural before graffiti removal in 2011. See video of graffiti removal mural restoration

Mural before graffiti removal in 2011. See video of graffiti removal mural restoration

Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator and Kent Twitchell, Mural Artist are getting together next week to put an anti-graffiti layer on his new mural of Ed Ruscha (see video below), which replaces the mural that was painted out by the US Dept of Labor many years ago. Its been a long time comin’.

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Scott M. Haskins YouTube Channel – Click here.

 

Kent Twitchell’s website – Click here

 

Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

 

An article on Scott M. Haskins and saving downtown LA’s art: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-meet-the-man-saving-l-a-s-street-art-one-mural-at-a-time

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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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