This assignment was such an experience. How many people can say they walked right at the edge of danger as cars zoomed past them on the LA freeway?
~*CMurals Restoration on the 101 Freeway
Text and photography by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Drew Tewksbury
Published: 23 May 2013, Artbound
As the sun beat down on the earth, heat fizzled from the surrounding concrete, sizzling the temperature a few degrees higher. Perched on scaffolding at the edge of the 101 freeway, artist Willie Herrón III and his assistant Melody Betancourt bake in the sun while wearing hard hats and day-glo vests.
The two are putting the finishing touches on one of Los Angeles's prized possessions, Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics." Colorful low-riders seemingly chug alongside modern-day speed machines, zooming by at 60 miles per hour. Above them, wrestlers are locked in perpetual combat and a horse whinnies in triumph. Bright, colorful and evocative, Romero's mural is a welcome sight along the somber gray of the city's freeways. [read more]