In 1984, Kent Twitchell, Los Angeles’ most famous and most visible mural artist, was part of an elite group of artists to paint for the City of Los Angeles a series of murals along the downtown freeways to celebrate the Olympics. His “7th Street Altarpiece” composition uniquely consisted of two murals, one on each side of the 101 freeway under the Grand Ave. overpass. It was genius.
Over the years, these two murals, The Jim Morphesis Monument and Lita Albuquerque, have unmercifully been tagged by graffiti vandals, disrespecting the artwork and the community that celebrated. Several attempts have been made to restore them but a lack of commitment to their maintenance relegated them back to a visual expression of anarchy.
Recently, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles committed to maintain these murals and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories was chosen. So the mural restoration was undertaken and this last week, the Jim Morphesis Monument by Kent Twitchell was fully restored (see photo above).
For a short video on the testing of Kent’s original artwork to see IF it could be cleaned safely, go to www.savefreewaymurals.com. Reclaimed from graffiti vandals (and we’re going to keep the graffiti off!) it will be the first of many.
Stay tuned for short video of fine tuning of cleaning, touch up and varnish. Interesting stuff, the saving of art masterpieces. Spread this good news around!
To contribute to the removal of graffiti and the maintaining of the murals, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/jimmorphesismonument
Conservation/restoration questions? Call Scott M. Haskins 213 620 9125
Also, see other interesting restoration videos at Facebook Channel “bestartdoc” http://www.youtube.com/user/bestartdoc?feature=mhee