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.
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.
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, which replaces the mural that was painted out by the US Dept of Labor many years ago. Its been a long time comin’.
Above: Early DTLA artist and resident, Joe Fay standing on the theater roof, giant Ed Ruscha’s table top, last week. The scaffolding will finally arrive next week so Kent can start painting Ed’s shadow and Scott M. Haskins can apply the anti-graffiti layer or final varnish… which will also make the colors pop.
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Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438 email@example.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