Last summer, The Eastsider reported on Sunset Junction mural – La Nuestra Reina de Las Iguanas – that was obscured after a supergraphic ad promoting the singer/rapper M.I.A. was installed on the side of the Sunset Boulevard building. The mural of a wide-eyed Zapotec woman wearing a crown of iguanas was quickly restored to public view (top photo) once the city began investigating whether that supergraphic was an illegal sign. Earlier this week, however, a crew of workers whitewashed over the entire Sunset Boulevard artwork and it replaced with a two-story sign promoting Newcastle beer (bottom photo).
There is no record of a permit being pulled for a sign to be placed on the building, according to online information on the city’s Building & Safety Department website.
The mural near Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue was painted by artist Annie Sperling-Cesasno – who created several other murals in Silver Lake and Echo Park – based on a photograph of a Zapotec woman by Graciela Iturbide.
“The mural as it was needed some TLC,”said a passerby named Kat, who contacted The Eastsider after noticing the most recent cover up. “But I hate billboards and ads just as much as the next person.”