Echo Park mural gets lost in laundry makeover

recent renovation of the Aroma Laundry in Echo Park has apparently resulted in the painting over of a large mural on the building near Alvarado Street and Scott Avenue.  Ida Talalla, an Echo Park resident who has documented neighborhood murals, noticed that the three-panel mural  – Seeds of Illusion by Chilean painter Guillermo Bert – was lost when the building was painted. The mural, which had been bleached by the sun and vandalized by taggers, was painted about 20 years ago as part of a SPARC project on the south side of the narrow building that overlooks a Rite Aid parking lot. Earlier this month, a Silver Lake mural was briefly covered by a vinyl supergraphic ad.

Bottom  photo from You Are Here


  1. Losing our religion..

  2. What a shame. Too bad those scumbag taggers wrote all over it.

  3. That’s too bad. The problem with murals is that if they are not kept up (regular cleaning, maintenance, restoration), over time they often end up contributing to the very problems they were put there to address….graffitti and lack of respect in the neighborhood. It’s sad when we lose some of these bits of our history, but if no one organizes or pressures for up-keep then they most often deteriorate and at some point become a net negative rather than a positive. Maybe that’s just the way things are…..like flowers they are beautiful for a time but then naturally fade and die.

  4. Boyle Heights has a lot of murals, that need restauration, too bad our council office use our CLARTS and Street Furniture Revenue Funds, without any imput from the constituyents.. These funds should help to clean some of the murals on the 14th that need attention…

  5. There was a day when murals represented social justice, struggling families and political empowerment. They also played a vital role in encouraging youth to strive for better education and promote, as Americans, their individual constitutional rights! Unfortunately, as these murals fade away, so do the forgotten struggles of an older generation.

    Presently, many of these murals, which were painted by at-risk youth participating in Park’s & Rec. summer programs (circa 1970’s), have been claimed as personal property by the artists involved. Once affirmed “for the people” have metamorphed into a selfish opportunity of declared ownership. Yes, these artists who once were given an opportunity to express themselves now have their hands out for compensation.

    Murals like the one located on the ATT building in Highland Park (Ave 56 and Meridian) has been a political hodge podge of privilege and greed! For the past 10 years children on their way to school have read the message loud in clear. “NOBODY CARES!”

    Rick Marquez

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