Silver Lake mural returns to full view

The Zapotec woman and her iguanas depicted in the mural La Nuestra Reina de Las Iguanas once again gazed out upon Sunset Junction this morning following the removal of a supergraphic ad that covered the Silver Lake artwork for several days.  The mural near Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue was uncovered sometime on Wednesday after the city began investigating whether the ad for the singer known as M.I.A.  was an illegal supergraphic.

The mural based on a photograph of a Zapotec woman by Graciela Iturbide was painted building about 15 years ago by the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance as part of its youth and community beautification programs.

Related posts:
Supergraphic covering city commissioned mural spurs investigation. LAist
Music promotion covers up Silver Lake mural. The Eastsider


  1. Not sure if I have this right but did it take Eric Garcetti’s office less than a week to take action on this signage yet nearly a year to remove the flea market from Echo Park Lake?

  2. Glad to see that the city is starting to take quicker action on these things. Murals like this one are a fantastic part of the art scene and a part of civic pride and deserve to be preserved and displayed.

  3. That mural is a faded eyesore. I would rather see a kept up painted advertisement like the one on the other side than Medusa and her horrible Iguana hair every morning on my way to work.

  4. @slaker:
    Apples and oranges.

    Apples: The mural was taken down lickety split under threat of city fines.

    Oranges: The Echo Park Lake swap meet imbroglio was delayed due to a lawsuit filed by the vendors. The eviction last week was able to proceed because they used some other statutes (that The Eastsider covered here in detail).

  5. What a bunch of babies our community is turning into. We get our pants in bunch over the stupidest stuff. It just make EP/SL look like a disheveled West Hollywood. Keep it funky!

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