ECHO PARK — La Ofrenda is one of the neighborhood’s most striking murals. Rendered in bold and bright colors, the 36-foot-wide artwork about Latino farmworkers brightens up the gloomy underpass at Glendale Boulevard and First Street. But for the past several years, La Ofrenda has been hidden under layers of tagging and a new mural that was spray painted over the original artwork painted in 1989 Yreina Cervantes. But earlier this month, Cervantes and a crew of mural conservationists returned to the underpass to undo all the damage and restore the mural to public view.
La Ofrenda, featuring a portrait of Dolores Huerta of the United Farmworkers Union, is one of 11 Los Angeles murals of that will be restored at a cost of $400,000 under the publicly funded Citywide Mural Program. The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) of Venice was hired to oversee the restoration of La Ofrenda in partnership with Cervantes.
Carlos Rogel, a project manager at SPARC, said it only took about a day to remove mural that was spray painted over La Ofrenda, allowing the crew to repair and touch up the original mural underneath. In addition, a second mural that was painted below La Ofrenda is also being restored.
In a previous interview, Rogel said that the original painting would be recovered using our biodegradable ecologically sound conservation process. The final conserved mural will be protected with SPARC’s MuralShield system, which we developed specifically for the protection of fine art acrylic and aerosol murals.”
Rogel said a ceremony will be held to celebrate the mural’s restoration.
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