Los Angeles artist Kent Twitchell, who has sued the man who had an ad company paint over Twitchell's once popular "Old Woman of the Freeway" mural, is feeling hopeful that the artwork, which overlooked the Hollywood Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, will soon be restored. While Twitchell's lawyer said no settlement has yet been reached, the artist said he is "very encouraged" by negotiations with defendant Koichi Kurokawa's lawyer. "It looks like we might have a breakthrough," Twitchell said, asserting that the mural can either be restored where it is or removed from the wall on which it is painted and placed elsewhere. Twitchell said he has considered reconstructing the mural on a wall of Cathedral High School near the Pasadena Freeway but would rather restore it in its original spot.
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