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Two Los Angeles supergraphics come down

January 21, 2009 |  7:10 pm


Office workers who hate supergraphics -– those tarp-like images stretched across the sides of buildings -– got some major traction this week in their effort to regain their views. On Santa Monica Boulevard near Century City, physical therapist Patricia Barragan said an orange and white advertisement for ING Direct bank came down shortly after 2:30 p.m. today.

Barragan had spent weeks lobbying for the removal of the supergraphic, which was placed over her office’s windows, sharply reducing the amount of natural light. She discussed her plight with The Times in a story that ran yesterday.

Meanwhile, another supergraphic –- this one with a Statue of Liberty image -– came down at 6380 Wilshire Blvd.

Inside that building, the company known as Recon Research Corp. sued its landlord, saying that the 10-story image violated its lease and damaged the professional reputation of those who occupy it. Attorney Alan Harris said his client is pleased by the sign’s disappearance but concerned for other office workers in high-rises covered with one or more supergraphic.

Still, the light quality has improved significantly, Harris said. “The difference is almost night and day,” he added.

-- David Zahniser

-- Photo: Patricia Barragan looks out the window of her Santa Monica Boulevard office, where a supergraphic dimmed her view. The sign was removed today. Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times