Silver Lake bear mural goes into hibernation

The stand-off over a Silver Lake mural featuring a friendly bear and some furry companions ended earlier this month when the scene was painted over. Russell Bates and Amy Seidenwurm commissioned artist Philip Lumbang to paint the mural across the 30-foot long retaining wall in front of their home. The scene had many admirers, but – after a neighbor complained – city building inspectors determined the painting violated sign laws and had to come down. After Councilman Eric Garcetti stepped in, city inspectors backed off to see if a way could be found to save the bear and his friends. Meanwhile, the mural had begun to flake and peel. Repairing the mural, however, would probably trigger another complaint and a new round of city scrutiny, Bates said in an email. That’s when Bates said it was time for a cover up:

“…We decided that it was time for the mural’s life to come to an end.
We consulted with Phil, and he agreed … We had a painter friend of ours cover the mural about a week and a half ago. Our friend mentioned to me afterward that quite a few passing neighbors told him that they were sorry to see the mural go.”

All that’s left of the mural, Bates said, is a tree with a “with a happy beehive.”

Related links:
Philip Lumbang paints a mural in Silver Lake. YouTube
Say “Goodbye” to Silver Lake’s “Hello” bear. The Eastsider

Bottom photo from Public Ad Campaign.com

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