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5/24/2013

Uncovered Olympic Glories

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

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? 
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Murals 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 HerrĂ³n 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]

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