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Myra Underpass Mural IV
in 2005 the FHRA has sponsored four murals to
grace the walls of the underpass that carries Sunset Blvd. over Myra
Ave. In May 2011 King Middle School students
inspired, by teacher Kirk Palayan finished Myra Mural IV "Soar" (left,
near completion) designed by student Michelle Kim and painted by King
students and Palayan with guidance from mural artist Nori Shirasu. To
the right are Mural III "Dream
Again" and Mural II. All were created by students and the winners were
selected by voters in online polls.
It took about a year from the selection of the design to get the funding from the GGPNC & SLNC and approval by the city's Cultural Affairs Commission.
Teacher Kirk Palyan (left) and artist Nori Sirasu lay out work on the mural.
Michelle Kim shows off her winning design at the FHRA's 2010 meeting.
here to see all the Mural IV
To see more about Myra Mural III click here, for Murals I & II click here.
|The FHRA, and
no doubt the City Department of Street Services, received many
complaints about the rough condition of Franklin Ave. leading to the
east end of the Shakespeare Bridge. Now we'll all have a smoother ride
after crews on May 25, 2011, used an "asphalt patcher" truck to
dole out sifted asphalt heated by the truck to 200° then rake it
into place and pound it down with the "whacker" weilded by the worker
in the orange shirt. Alas, because of the poor condition of the
underlying surface, even the crew supervisor was not too confident that
relief would last too long.
is a lovely, historic neighborhood in the midst of the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles. The distinctive Shakespeare Bridge, completed in 1926, led the way for development of a unique community which embodies the best of LA. The people who live in Franklin Hills are multi-cultural, multi-talented, span a wide income range, and yet compose a harmonious community. The beautiful homes, schools and libraries in the area reflect the architectural grace of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner and others. Cultural amenities include the Greek Theater, Griffith Park and Observatory and Barnsdall Park. The view from Franklin Hills stretches all the way from Mt. Baldy to Malibu - from a rich history to the future of Los Angeles.
FHRA volunteers decked the Shakespeare Bridge
with lights for the 2001 Holiday season
northeast toward John Marshal High School on a clear day in 1932 (US Army Signal Corps photo)
Click on this 70+ years photo for
a closer view. To obtain a large
WALK MURAL DEDICATION
"Fluid City Rising" by muralist Ricardo MendozaStudents from King Middle School perch on the steps below Prospect Avenue, while those who saw the project through 6+ years of planning, painting, repairing and preparing damaged walls led the way down the stairway. In the front row Councilmember Tom LaBonge, project coordinator Mary Francis Smith-Reynolds (with daughter Graycie), muralist Ricardo Mendoza, and Michael Espinoza, Project Manager from the LA Office of Community Beautification.
Dedicated on March 26, 2009.
The Mural, which was painted in Mendoza's studio on three specially prepared panels, was attached to the concrete in February 2009, after years of delay due to the deteriorated surface of the walls. At the dedication Mendoza declared the mural a 'lasting monument to the transformative spirit that made this happen." And about the years of delay and problems overcome Espinoza explained, "you can't rush perfection."
Contributions from the Franklin Hills Residents Association, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Councilmember Tom LaBonge's office, and the L.A. City Office of Community Beautification, helped finance the project which was spearheaded by former FHRA boardmember Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds.
Muralist Mendoza, in February 2009, applying the panels he painted to the specially prepared concrete. Mendoza and his assistants scraped about a quarter inch of paint, built up over about 80 years, off the walls before they could apply the mural. The mural panels have a special anti-graffiti coating that it's hoped will help keep the site looking great. In fact since the walls were prepped for the mural there have been no graffiti attacks on the site.
Not all the work was done on the walls. Compare the top view on dedication day with the bottom views a month earlier during mural installation. Farm Feliz and many community volunteers working hard to clear the weeds and plant drought resistant landscaping at the site. The community's help will be needed to keep it that way. And Councilmember LaBonge pledged to get trash cans installed to keep the area a tidy community treasure.
|RADIO WALK CLEANUP 2009
THANKS to all the hard working volunteers from the LILA School and
"Voluntears" from Disney's Prospect Studios who cleaned up Radio Walk
from Hollyvista down to Deloz in May 2009. In three hours more than a
sweepers, scrapers, clippers and pruners filled more than 60 large
plastic bags, leaving what had been a nearly impassable path a clean
place for a pleasant stroll. Many Franklin Hills neighbors stopped to
offer thanks saying they had been avoiding the stairway because of its unkempt condition.
|YOUR VOICES HELPED TO
PRESERVE GRIFFITH PARK AS A HISTORIC-CULTURAL MONUMENT
The City Council voted 15-0 to approve the designation on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009
Thanks to the FHRA Members who let the CHC and Councilmember LaBonge know how important this issue is
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