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Murals in the Southland

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Artist Sandow Birk’s 100-foot mural has touched a raw nerve under the surface of a seemingly homogenous community, widely considered L.A.'s mothership of Mexican culture. ()
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At Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, mariachi Refugio Pena waits next to a defaced mural featuring mariachis to hand out business cards to possible clients. Pena plays with the mariachi group Internacional Varas Nayarit. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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Ernesto de la Loza stands in front of his mural. At its center is a curandera, or healer, who presses her hands to a young woman’s head. The artist was inspired by an atmosphere of change, as new technology was eagerly embraced yet the past held comfort and reassurance. He sees his mural as a bridge between the old world and the new. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Hollywood
Richard Wyatt Jr. stands in front of the “Hollywood Jazz” mural on the south wall outside of Capitol Records in Hollywood.  (Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)
Inglewood
The '“History of Transportation’ mural is a 1940 Works Progress Administration piece by artist Helen Lundeberg. The mural, which consists of 60 panels, stands in Grevillea Art Park in downtown Inglewood. The city of Inglewood and residents restored and relocated the mural. (Sculpture Conservation Studio)
La Mirada
Home Savings murals with colorful tiles, stained glass and sculptures, turned the Home Savings branches into instant landmarks in California communities. (Lillian Sizemore)
Los Angeles
Willie Herron III, left, Mural Conservancy chief Isabel Rojas-Williams and street artist Risk in front of Frank Romero’s work. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
Paul Gordon, left, and Jake Janz paint fine details as they help restore a Kent Twitchell mural entitled “The Runners,” painted in honor of the 1984 Olympics under the Santa Monica Blvd. overpass at the 101 freeway. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Los Angeles
Artist Dave Gordon updates a Kent Twitchell mural painted in honor of the 1984 Olympics. “The Olympic murals are something special,” Gordon said. “It’s nice to see they’re being taken care of 20 years later.” (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Los Angeles
Kent Twitchell works on his “Harbor Freeway Overture” mural of members of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra. (Iris Schneider / LAT)
Los Angeles
A pedestrian passes a series of murals near Mateo and 7th streets. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
A mural covers the side of a building near 3rd Street and Traction Avenue. Many murals have been painted over in recent years, angering artists who say the law is unfair. (Allen J. Schaben /Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
Patrick Johnson works on a mural titled “Elixir” at the Liquor Bank. at Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
Shepard Fairey’s “Peace Goddess” covers a wall near 3rd and Hewitt streets.


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Los Angeles
A mural on a building near Fairfax and Rosewood Avenues. (Allen J. Schaben /Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
Without apparent warning, an iconic mural depicting artist Ed Ruscha was painted over. A move artist Kent Twitchell described as a shock and a violation of laws. (Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles
Kent Twitchell worked on ‘Ed Ruscha Monument’ on South Hill Street for nine years. (Robin Dunitz)
Los Angeles
Muralist Kent Twitchell’s ‘7th Street Altarpiece,’ defaced with graffiti, may be damaged beyond repair, a Los Angeles study finds. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Los Angeles
After ‘Old Lady of the Freeway’ was covered up, a lawsuit resulted in a $175,000 settlement. ()
Los Angeles
The murals on the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s walls tell the history of the Jews. They were donated by the Warner brothers and painted by Hugo Ballin, head of their movie studio’s art department. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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A restored Olvera Street mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, top, is seen from a viewing deck at the America Tropical Interpretive Center that offers a description of the mural, bottom. (Christina House / For The Times)
Los Angeles
Noni Olabisi’s mural commemorates the Los Angeles riots of 1992. The mural is on the side of a building at 1815 W. 54th Street (BOB CHAMBERLIN / LAT)
Los Angeles
Volunteers do maintenance work on a mural in Florence-Firestone.  (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Monrovia
An undated photo of Monrovia’s post office shows the mural of a mother bear, which was removed in the 1960s. (National Archives)
Monrovia
Retired graphics designer Walt Shelly, 78, inside the Monrovia library with Helen Katherine Forbes’ painting of four bear cubs. The painting, done with egg tempera, was restored after being found in storage. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Norco
Tourists sometimes pose for pictures in front of this mural of a mineshaft in United Oil’s Exxon gas station in Norco. (Erman Smith, United Oil Co,)
South L.A.
A Markham Middle School student walks past a nearly completed mural with silhouettes of active children on the back of the gym. Volunteers converged on the South L.A. campus to paint murals and provide other improvements. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo‘s office adopted the school after parents complained they didn’t feel safe sending their children there.  (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
South Los Angeles
Director Mortimer Jones, right, asked artist Eduardo “Lalo” Marquez, left, to paint a mural showing the services offered by the Salvation Army Siemon Youth & Community Center. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Tujunga Wash
A mural along the Tujunga Wash in the Valley neighborhood of Tujunga tells the local history of Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)
Valley Village
Ivan Salinas paints over his artwork in Valley Village after Barbara Black, who commissioned the work, was fined and threatened with further punishment.


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Yorba Linda
A mural on a parking lot wall near Imperial Highway and Main Street sets the tone for the area. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Wilmington
A pedestrian strolls past a mural on the wall of the Maya Mexican Restaurant in Wilmington. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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