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For Your Consideration: Mount Washington Mural Art Samples

You asked for it, you got it: a collection of work presented by Mount Washington muralists Zach Christensen, Rob Sipchen and Antonia Villaraigosa Jr.

As debate over the proposal by local artists Zack Christensen, Robert Sipchen and Antonio Villaraigosoa Jr. to create a mural along the bulkhead on Mount Washington Drive continues, some of our readers have asked Patch to present samples of the trio's work.

While we've posted photos of the work numerous times on Patch, we agreed that it couldn't hurt to collect them all in one place for the community's perusal.

Above, you'll find not only , but also images of the guerrilla art installation Jack Rohman completed during the summer of 2010.

David Brunk September 29, 2011 at 02:18 PM
To David Fonseca, Thank you so much for printing the images from the previous work and samples presented in the proposed mural. I still have trouble bringing up these images or referring them to the public. Please give me a link directly to these images as it only comes up in your direct email, not in any search, such as HighlandPark-MountwashingtonPatch. Please advise.
Glenda Lubelsky September 29, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Is everyone afraid to tell the emperor he's wearing no clothes? These proposed murals are ugly and offensive and would mar the natural beauty of the area.
Elizabeth Mines September 29, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Not my taste. But artists each have their own style. If the neighborhood approved the project, the artists should be allowed to follow their own creative impulses...recognizing that the intent is to make a statement onbehalf of their friend and the entire community. So, go for it !
Shawn Richardson September 29, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I hate to say it but those pieces are not very good. They wouldnt even make the pass during Foundation year at any of the big 3 art schools here in LA.
David Fonseca (Editor) September 30, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Curious, Shawn, what are those 3 big schools? I know Zack Christensen graduated from USC with an MFA in fine art, but I'm not sure if USC is one of the big 3 or not.
Marian Rios September 30, 2011 at 12:43 AM
I find all of these proposed drawings disturbed and disturbing. Why can't we have something pastoral and peaceful, in keeping with the serene setting of this historic area. The proposed drawings are a total eyesore and absolutely strident and grotesque. It's not Halloween every day, nor do we need more chaos in this world.
Marian Rios September 30, 2011 at 05:56 AM
While I am aware that part of this project is an attempt to, in some pictorial way, eulogize Jack Rohman, I seriously question the wisdom of this approach. Jack's paintings, which were illegally displayed there over a year ago, were statements of a tortured mind clearly reflected in their macabre design. Why don't you "let him go" from that association. He is a soul, not a painter, and that soul was, as I see it, horribly demonized by some one or more disembodied tramp soul(s) which took possession of his subconscious mind causing him to paint out his pain and eventually take his own life in despair. Send his soul, the real Jack, your love, support, belief and help him, as a precious and unique individualized consciousness in an ethereal form now, to free himself from this painful past. That is how you can constructively honor him - with your belief, your support, your unconditional love. I feel that part of the hillside deserves a subtle and sublime mural of, perhaps, native plants and wildlife - no disturbance, no anger, no cartoon style drawings - something which will bring a sense of healing peace and permanence to the whole community for generations to come. That is my suggestion, and my heart goes out to Jack's family; I only found out about his tragic death a few days ago. I personally pray for his immortal soul and send him vibrations of peace, protection, and recovery.
Nina Zippay September 30, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Should we be concerned that the community or state is becoming the arbiters of taste and setting the standard to which artists must conform to qualify as "public art?" It's not the first time in history it's happened, sadly.
Marian Rios September 30, 2011 at 06:01 PM
What about planting as a resolution to this impasse? There is nothing more beautiful than Nature, and She does not offend anyone's sensibilities.
Marian Rios October 01, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Why are my comments marked to be deleted. They are just as valid as anyone else's. I marked all of those drawings as "inappropriate" for I feel they definitely are out of sync with peace, harmony, and real beauty whose purpose is to elevate, inspire, enrich, and perhaps partially enlighten. I would like my comments to remain on the table. Thank you for your fairness. Marian Rios
Pat October 03, 2011 at 02:39 AM
These comments appear to show a lack of understanding of the facts regarding the community, the people involved and the art, and such disturbing comments are inappropriate.
Shawn Richardson October 03, 2011 at 02:48 PM
David, the big 3 are ArtCenter, CalArts, and Otis-Parsons.
Susan R December 15, 2011 at 03:26 PM
How about the option "none of the above"? This is why there should not be art murals. Art is subjective. Some like it and some don't. Just like different kinds of music or sound. Everyone likes or dislikes different sounds. That is why Divine Saviour Catholic Church should not be sending out their loud amplified sound that sounds off key 6 times a day every day starting at 7:55AM. They have no clue how that sound sounds to others, and they SERIOUSLY do not care either.
Directrix April 15, 2013 at 04:43 AM
you are such a jerk. and, you are very confused about the distinction between mental illness and personality. you did not know this person and you can't know his soul, so why don't you stop picking and choosing what constituted this. your attempts to mask this with ridiculous sympathy only makes this more disgusting. additionally, and like so many dopes in history, you are unaware of the following: ART DOESN'T STOP IN THE 1800'S. OR WHENEVER YOU THINK IT STOPPED. so keep your mind open.

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