Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles – Protect, Preserve, Conserve, Restore LA’s Murals

Graffiti - public art's cancer

101 Freeway in LA – Caltrans’ solution- paint it out.

Of the 10 murals painted along Los Angeles Freeways to celebrate the 1984 Olympics, 7 have been painted out by Cal Trans and the other three are slated for being painted out with the excuse that its will be for “their protection against graffiti”! What art conservation expert gave them that strategy?!

A few years ago, I was the expert witness for the federal government when they painted out a large famous mural in LA. Without going into details, my determinations, testing and recommendations resulted in a $1.2 million settlement for the artist. Interestingly enough, one of the lawyers from the artist’s legal team called me up last week and asked if this time, I would be on their team to address the Cal Trans issues.

First off, let me say, I am not the expert witness for one side or the other. I am an advocate for the artwork and my cleaning tests and feasibility tests result one way or another no matter who is paying my bill.

So, with that in mind, I was approached to be on the Advisory Board of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) who is getting a surge of new energy to be an active player in LA. MCLA was created in 1987 as a community-supported organization to preserve and protect LA’s diverse and culturally historic public Mural Arts. I’m assuming that it’s a chance to connect with quality impassioned people for public mural art that can make a difference.

I’ll keep you updated.

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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
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