Taggers win, Echo Park mural loses

The Aztec-like god seemed to be expressing its displeasure as a graffiti clean-up crew member (pictured above) painted over a large mural yesterday on Academy Road in Echo Park. The mural that stretched over retaining walls lining both sides of the street was painted in the 1990s in an effort to generate community pride and deter graffiti. (If this strategy sounds familiar, read Wednesday’s post about the aerosol art competition). The mural near Elysian Park might have generated pride if it were not always covered with tagging and gang symbols (see photos of mural in better days on Curbed LA).

Yesterday morning, with the approval of the mural’s sponsor, the images were painted over with about 100 gallons of whale gray, according to one paint-out crew member on the site. This won’t deter tagging, either. But it will make it easier to clean up.

Photos by The Eastsider LA

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