Mural Makeover: Which Do You Prefer?

From Hawk to Tony Hawk--which Highland Park mural do you prefer?

It's common knowledge among muralists that their works are inherently impermanent.

One day, your shining spray-paint creation is the talk of the city's public parking lots and the next it's been obscured by opportunistic taggers.

Such has always been the case for graffiti artists who have plied their trade in the LADOT parking lot between Avenues 57 and 58 behind North Figueroa Street. One low-standing wall in the southwestern corner of the lot, in particular, has experienced numerous facelifts in the last year.

For several months, a depiction a determined looking hawk with his wing raised in defiance dominated the wall. Over the course of the last couple of days, though, the hawk was replaced by a mural that pays tribute to the "Los Angeles Skate Mob Culture."

The words "El Pueblo Llamado" are written on the left-hand side of the mural, and "Viva Mexico" on the right-hand side.

In between, skateboarders can be seen kick-flipping atop pyramids and volcanoes.

Now that the hawk has been replaced, we ask, which do you prefer? And, what is your favorite mural in all of Highland Park-Mount Washington?

Hooper Humperdink January 23, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I think the hawk was more visually striking and done with more polish - it's meaning, however, was sort of pointless. The Skate piece is adolescent, but at least defines a group activity and a kind of positive identity for those involved in skating locally.
David Fonseca (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 08:18 PM
According to my wife, the hawk was basically painted to cover up the giant marijuana leaf that was on the wall before. You can sort of see that in the wing.
Punky January 24, 2013 at 02:19 AM
UHG! Murals. Yuck.
Ish January 24, 2013 at 08:58 AM
I've always liked the murals all around Highland Park (On 61 and Fig, the library, on Fig where Pep boys Used to be, the Post office on York, and the parking lots just south of Fig. It does suck that they're always tagged over. I personally like the one at the Library more. I'd love to see a Dia de los muertos themed Mural.
Hooper Humperdink January 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Nothing worse than a mural, eh, Punky?
Peter Bedard January 24, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I love murals! I've coordinated a mural project in Silver Lake for 9 years now and we've brought several beautiful images to a blighted area thus almost eliminating graffiti and creating a visually pleasing corridor along a busy street. The murals I do are permitted through LA Cultural Affairs and entered into the city inventory of art. We're currently doing a mural here in HP and we need designs submitted. Anyone can enter. A professional muralist will be hired to paint the mural with the community on a wall that is 17' X 7". The winning design gets $200 and the honor of being recognized as a professional artist in Los Angeles as well as a ton of community recognition. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/blog_posts/blog-artist-wanted-for-marmion-way-mural-design-contest
ChickenBoyFan January 24, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I would love to see a beautiful, old school, Rivera- style, mural.
nonoise January 24, 2013 at 04:24 PM
The bird is better. The other looks gangster and negitative. It looks like garfetti.
sila January 24, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I like the skate mural. Skaters are part of the city, their culture should be celebrated too. These kids are helping reduce pollution by not driving as much, and fighting against obesity, even if that's not their intention. Skating should be encouraged more :)
nonoise January 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
You can not tell those guys are skateboarding. If they could make it clear that would be fine. And, the writing on it has to go.
Bruce Moreland January 25, 2013 at 06:05 AM
El Cid January 27, 2013 at 05:29 AM
CBF - I totally agree! I love Rivera, Siquieros, and Orozco type murals!


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