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Mural graces downtown L.A. freeway -- with graffiti protection [Updated]


Caltrans on Tuesday unveiled a new mural along the 101 Freeway in the L.A. Civic Center area. It's sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. [Updated at 3:26 p.m.: The mural is not exactly new. But a new graffiti-resistant coating was placed on it.]

Photo credit: Caltrans

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A couple of cameras would come in handy to catch any vandals
defacing this new Mural. This is number three or four, NO?
Anyone caught defacing this mural and the parents if a minor
is caught need to be put in jail and/or given one year picking up trash from the freeways plus restitution. Its a nice mural too bad we have people who do not appreciate it.

Are you sure the mural is NEW?
I remember seeing it before and maybe it is just restored.
better check on your facts.
I'm most sure it is not NEW.

Anyone want to take a bet on how long it'd stay graffiti-free?

Uh, this is not a new mural. I remember seeing this mural decades ago!!!!

Nah...it's not new. Looks very similar to the one that was there since the 1984 Olympics. Good to see it back!

I'm with Alex. I know this mural is NOT new. I used to see it there when I was young. It's just been restored! Yeah... I say this as a journalist who realizes that the quality of the industry has gone down A LOT... check your facts!!!

Alex is correct. The original was there when LA hosted the 1984 Olympics. Thanks to those vandals "handy" with a can of spray pint. Nice to see them repaint the mural again. we needed them to beautify LA, especially with vacationing visitors coming to LA and spending their money.

Restored, not new. Been there for years.

cameras? really? more taxpayer $$$.... i'm just saying

I can not believe that CALTRANS spent money and labor on painting this mural. We have streets with potholes and structures that are crumbling. Why don't they fix those things first before spending money and labor on some mural.

wow this takes me back.yeah definately not new. this takes me back to being a child being stuck in traffic in the backseat of my Dad's car.

Watch it get tagged in less than a day.

If only there are motion detectors where if you tag it, you get Tasered quickly...

I remember seeing this mural as a child more than 20 years ago. Most assuredly, it is not new.

Would it have taken up too much virtual ink to mention the artist's name?

Alex, you're right, the mobile mural is not new. It is a replica of the Galileo, Jupiter, and Apollo mural that had been in place since 1983. Originally painted John Werhle for the 1984 Olympics, the painting was constantly covered up by graffiti, even after many attempts to restore the mural. The painting was entirely painted out by Caltrans with permission from Werhle. This mural is made of plastic and vinyl.

Its nice but its not gonna last..some graffiti "artist" is already licking his chomps.....waiting to write all over what is not his...

Wow, my prayer gose out to the family.

this mural was there since the early 80's, several others also. this is downsized.
hope it stays free of graffiti.

This is "FREEWAY" with a maximum speed ; If this mural will not distruct the drivers eye which will result to accident or death, Is this is okey ?.

That is actually an existing mural, which looks like it has been restored (which is wonderful news). I believe that is "Galileo, Jupiter, and Apollo" by John Wehrle, completed in 1983 as part of the Olympic Freeway Mural Project.

It's not new. I saw the same mural growing up (I'm 27 now).

new murial or not, I welcome the graffiti as the murial is ugly. Also, WTF is it supposed to be?

No, not new. Remember how those murals went years and years without graffiti? Even the one of the CHP officer went untouched for years. Is this the part where I say "these kids today"?

It is actually a banner, as it is not painted on the wall. I drove by it this morning before it was unfurled.

If you look closely it appears to be a re-creation of the orginal mural. Now it is much higher (above his head) to protect it from the graff writers.

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