Graffiti Removal From Jim Morphesis’s Face

Today was soooo coooool! Graffiti came flying off in sheets and it was extreme to see Jim Morphesis’ face peek out again, unveiled, from the beneath the much, vandalism and the dark side into the bright sun of the Southern California Nov. 16th sunny day. Want to be part of it?! Here’s a 15 second clip… just a peek till I get the video made later….

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Freaking great stuff….

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
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14 Responses to Graffiti Removal From Jim Morphesis’s Face

  1. Polly Zoeliner says:

    Hey There. I saw the website URL on the backs of the vests of the workers on the mural as I drove by slowly in traffic.. Thanks for sharing. Really interesting. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  2. Elsa Mayers says:

    Great post. Love the during cleaning photo. Great job.

  3. Sammie Franks says:

    This was kind a cool seeing this part way cleaned. Thanks for your work to clean the murals. I drive by them everyday to work and hate the look of graffiti on them.

  4. Jan Riley says:

    OH YEAH! great job, I love art in public places and this mural is a real masterpiece! thanks for “saving face”
    If you would like to see my murals, see my website at

  5. Kimi Balero says:

    Hi Scott , you should see the beautiful murals in San Francisco where I live, They are AWESOME *

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Hi Kimi,
      I have a friend in the Bay Area that sends me photos of the murals. You are right. There are some gorgeous murals including some great “street art” (graffiti style turned into art) which I love. Also, I have done consulting work for the SF Arts Commission and know well about the great WPA style works. I have done extensive mural work for the city of SF, the Asian Art Museum and the De Young.

  6. Sara Gaia says:

    I work with Conservators of Fine Art in a business venture and I love your approach to the work, your thoroughness, your clear communication and above all, your honesty. I’ve been looking over your other postings too ( and on Facebook and you are truly a unique professional. It take a special breed of person to juggle all the needs of egos, timing and logistics, funding and the politics of the various entities… and keep the project on time, on budget and keep the quality of the work high. I LOVE following your work. God bless!

  7. Elisabetta Covizzi Perfetti says:

    I have to say that I would die to have that powerwasher in my hands. That looks like so much fun! Well, the difference between the old intervention time and yours to me can only be translate in one word. HONESTY. Although I am all about testing and diagnosis and I have been working in this field for over 20 years, I am still flabbergasted when I hear that sites are sometimes open for 10 years. Sometimes things that don’t have anything to do with restoration unfortunately get in the way, read politics here. Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      To our readers… I have an agreement with Elisabetta that she, being Italian, writes in English and I write back in Italian.

      Hai ragione quando parli di onesta’ nel cantiere di lavoro. Purtroppo, c’e’ chi lavora e chi fa finta. Non so se hai notato nel video ma una delle persone con l’idropulitrice in mano e’ una ragazza che fra l’altro quando non lavora in cantiere, canta la lirica professionalmente. Infatti, 30 giorni fa era una presentatrice con gl’Oscar Canadesi a Toronto. E’ bellissima. Mi fa sorridere quando la vedo in cantiere con gl’atrezzi in mano e un attitudine d’attaco.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Elisabetta,This week was extremely interesting for our project of taking back the gorgeous murals from the graffiti vandals along the downtown freeway of Los Angeles. We got off all the graffiti in less than a week’s cleaning! Last time (2005… done by someone else) the cleaning/restoration took 6 months!

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    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      Wow Sara, I’m blushing. Thank you for your compliments and observations. I’ve been asked to give a workshop on public outreach methods on the Internet at the national meeting for art conservation professionals in Albuquerque in 2012 (AIC). Perhaps we can meet? Would love to. Thank you for leaving your comments.

  9. Isabel Rojas-Williams says:

    Amazingly fantastic, I am speechless!

    Thank you FACL, Inc. for bringing Kent Twitchell’s mural back to its original glory. HOORAY!


    Isabel Rojas-Williams
    Executive Director
    Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)

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