Last summer The Eastsider posted photos of several murals featuring playful images and strange characters that began appearing on the retaining wall below winding Mt. Washington Drive. No one came forward to take credit for the Mount Washington murals, which vanished in mid August. It turns out the guerrilla artwork was the work of a band of young Mount Washington friends and artists, one of whom, 21-year-old Jack Rohman, committed suicide in late January after struggling for years with schizophrenia. Now, one of Rohman’s fellow artists and friends, Zach Christensen, wants to create another Mount Washington mural in memory of his late friend. On Monday, he appeared before this Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council to seek their support to create a permanent artwork, according to Patch. Christensen is still trying to determine what form that memorial mural will take:
“I’m just trying to rally community support,” Christensen said. “Jack was very passionate about the mural, and it’s something we really want to see happen.”The mural would most likely replicate the one that the young artists created last summer, which consisted of distinct surreal images pasted on each section of the 500-yard hill reinforcement. A graduate of the University of South California’s School of Fine Art, Christensen said he’s still playing with what the mural might become should he receive the permission of the city. He may paint it directly on the wall this time, or return to the canvas method.
Either way, he said, mural will be a tribute to Rohman’s last great artistic endeavor.
Christensen is scheduled to propose the idea in June before the neighborhood council’s Mt. Washington local issues subcommittee.