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Talking Walls

A guide to L.A.'s vast collection of murals, where artists paint snapshots of history and hope.


South Bay Masonic Lodge, 520 Main St., near Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo. Hughes Aircraft sponsored this mural, which depicts the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to the space program. Ironically, the mural was dedicated the day Raytheon Co. purchased Hughes. Floating among the images of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart are satellites, rockets and space shuttles. "There is also a blueprint for a floating city," says artist Scott Bloomfield, who was inspired by the concept from the 1984 William Hartmann book "Out of the Cradle." "I wanted to touch the time, scale and spiritual aspects of space," Bloomfield says. "Even though it has a nostalgia feel to it, there is that mysterious future."

13. Whaling Wall Number XXXI (1991)

Redondo Generating Station, 1110 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. The artist, Wyland, is on a quest to create a series of a hundred life-size "Whaling Wall" murals in a hundred cities by the year 2011. Painting whales is "a hobby that got out of control," he has said about the murals he creates to raise awareness of ocean life and the plight of whales. So far he has completed murals in Japan, Australia, France, Canada, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County, putting him at about 67 completed. Here, swimming and breaching among the palm trees, are a dozen migrating whales, including a mama and baby.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday April 17, 1998 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 21 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 41 words Type of Material: Correction
Street murals--The Web site for the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is In addition, the mural showing members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is titled "Harbor Freeway Overture." Incorrect information was included in a story in Thursday's Calendar Weekend.


Miles of Murals

1. Great Wall of L.A., Tujunga Wash flood control channel, Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Burbank Boulevard and Oxnard Street, Van Nuys.

2. Hollywood Jazz 1945-1972: Capitol Records, 1750 Vine St., Hollywood.

3. Fairfax Community Market. People's Market Building, Fairfax Avenue between Oakwood and Rosewood streets, West Hollywood.

4. Korean Farmers Dance, 981 Western Ave., near Olympic Boulevard, Koreatown.

5. Earth Memories, Belmont High School, playing field wall on Beverly Boulevard at Loma Drive, Echo Park.

6. Party at Lan-T'ing, Los Angeles Public Library, 850 Yale St. facing College Street, Chinatown.

7. The Pope of Broadway, Victor Clothing Co., 240 S. Broadway, between 2nd and 3rd streets, Los Angeles.

8. Harbor Freeway Overturn, Citicorp Plaza parking structure, exterior wall, 8th Street and the Harbor (110) Freeway, Los Angeles.

9. Freedom Won't Wait, 54th Street and Western Avenue, Los Angeles.

10. Hog Heaven (Pig Paradise), Farmer John Packing Plant, Soto Street between Vernon and Bandini boulevards, Vernon.

11. Vision and Tradition, South Gate Park, parking lot near golf course, Pinehurst Avenue between Southern Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard, South Gate.

12. Spirit of Aerospace, South Bay Masonic Lodge, 520 Main St., near Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo.

13. Whaling Wall Number XXXI, Redondo Generating Station, 1110 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach.

More on Murals

For a more complete list of murals in Los Angeles, check out Dunitz's book, "Street Gallery" (RJD Enterprises, 1993) or visit the conservancy Web site:

Both the Social and Public Art Resource Center and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles offer mural bus tours throughout the year. Some upcoming tours include Murals of the 1920s, '30s and '40s (April 25), Murals of Asian American L.A. (May 17), the San Fernando Valley Tour (June 20) and the Great Wall of Los Angeles (July 26). Tours generally are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch stops. They are $25 per person, $20 for members. For a schedule, call the center at (310) 822-9560 and the conservancy at (213) 481-1186.

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