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Great Wall of Los Angeles

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2011 - 2017.


The Great Wall of Los Angeles is not a wall to keep enemies out or people in, it is a mural commemorating the history of Los Angels and California. The wall is the west concrete side of the Tujunga Wash in Valley Glen. This half mile long mural is one of the longest murals in the world as it stretches from Burbank Boulevard to Oxnard Street a hundred feet west of Coldwater Canyon Avenue.

The mural was designed by Judith Baca and painted by community youths and artists under the coordination of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). Work on the mural began in 1974 and required five summers to complete and covered a span of time from pre-history to 1960. Baca is working to extend the mural to include events since its original creation. The mural was touched-up in the summer of 2011.

The mural depicts California history from the ice age when Los Angels was covered with now extinct Mammoth and Saber Tooth Cats through the first humans, Spanish explorers, development, the arrival of the Anglo, immigrants, conflicts, wars, and riots. Positive events are depicted such as the rise of the film industry, William S. Hart,, and the Olympics. The creation of the mural coincided with the Chicano Movement and the recognition of Spanish roots. Over 400 youths and their families were involved in transferring Baca’s design to concrete and paint.

Judith F. Baca is the artistic director and founder of SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center) and this was SPARC’s first public art project. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment recently allocated funding for restoration over the next three years.

SPARC is at 685 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Phone:310/822-9560
www.sparcmurals.org


Note, Ms. Baca did not allow this web site to use images of the wall. We have intentionaly pixilated or ommitted the mural images.
Pleistocene Pleistocene Pleistocene Looking north along the wall. Chumash Chumash Looking south along the wall. Arrival of the Spanish. Arrival of the Spanish. Mexican Mexican Rule Looking south along the wall. Looking north along the wall. 1848 - Bandaide Civil War The Iron Horse. Chinese Chinese Looking north along the wall. Land Boom 1890 - Mountain to Shore Looking south along the wall. 1900 1900 - Immigrants to California. 1900 - Immigrants to California. Pre WW I. Immigrants to California. Credits. Looking north along the wall. The Sword of Justice. Charlie Chaplin. Edison William S. Hart. William S. Hart. William S. Hart. Credits. Illusion of Prosperity. the Crash and Depression. Strikes. Unsigned Treaties Mexican-americans Deported. The Dustbowl Japanese Internment Credits. Japanese and Jewish. Los Angeles Aqueduct and W W II Charles Drew David Gonzalez Zoot Suit Riots. Jewish Refugees Jewish Refugees The Baby Boom. The Baby Boom. Credits. Credits. Credits. Looking north along the wall. Rosie the Riviter and rise of Suburbia. Looking north along the wall. Red Scare. Chavez Ravine. Rock && Roll. Civil rights. Gay Rights. Jewish Art && Science. Indian Assimilation Asians Earn Citizenship and Property. Olympic Games. Olympic Games. Olympic Games and Credits. Credits. Looking south along the wall.
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