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A New Mural for Main Street

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, February 01, 2008, at 06:29PM
Main Street Recovery Ed Fuentes

It's up.

My digital mural named “Main Street Recovery” is now installed and hanging on the front of Main Street's Regent Theatre. The grassroots public art project is composed of photographs taken between September 2006 to September 2007, the 225th year of the City of Los Angeles. The time span saw a Downtown in transition and Main Street in recovery.

Just as with any intervention, ongoing discussions are needed to show how that recovery can be maintained. The first month of 2008 that has already seen new starting points and old battles.


In the summer of 2007, Russell Brown made a call to artists to discuss what could go on the front of the Regent Theatre, a space made available by Gilmore & Associates for a worthy project. Over the last few years I’ve been shooting photos of Downtown for a personal series of digital murals, based on a process used for a series of previous commissioned works outside of L.A. The two seemed to be a good fit.

The mural itself has been completed since late October, 2007, but as with all grassroots projects this process saw its share of delays. A lot of credit goes to Dale Youngman and Russell Brown for seeing this through to completion.

The work uses the Mexican mural tradition of telling a site specific story, and Downtown had quite of them during it's 225th year. That occasion gave birth to the idea that this would be a belated birthday card for the city, but at this point I like the idea that it's an early Valentine’s day card.

Donations for the time and materials on the project are still being accepted. They can be sent to:

Pharmaka  C/O Main Street Recovery Mural
101 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Pictured: "Main Street Recovery" on the Regent Theatre. Artist / Ed Fuentes

Sponsors and pledges by Gilmore Associates, Historic Downtown Los Angeles BID, DLANC, Jan Perry (9th District Councilmember) , Jose Huizar (14th District Councilmember), Additional support by Banquette, Ana Gamboa and Jonathan Weisberg, and Kimura Photography.


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