* Update: The owners of Senor Fish have apparently had a change of heart. A post published this afternoon on KCET’s Departures blog said the owners will work on restoring the mural.
The streets of Echo Park have over the years seen many a Hummer and stretch limo filled with young women and men decked out in formal attire for a quinceañera, a coming of age celebration for Latino girls. It was an Echo Park quinceañera that served as the basis of a 2006 film of the same name and the ritual also inspired a mural, featuring a girl dressed in a pink and white gown and flowing dark hair, on the side of an Echo Park seafood restaurant. That mural, painted in 1996 on Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard, is now being painted over by the new tenant, Señor Fish, a Mexican restaurant that is replacing the former Pescado Mojado seafood restaurant. Workers sandblasting the surface of the building had stripped away a section of the mural – titled “Quinceañera“- before stopping work to give the artist, Theresa Powers, enough time to try and document the artwork, said Señor Fish owner Enrique Ramirez. “I am going to hold off until the whole thing runs its course,” said Ramirez, who is considering replacing the mural with the work of another artist.
In general, under city law, mural artists must be given 90-day notice before their work is painted over or removed. Ramirez said workers began chipping away at the Echo Park mural after he spoke to Powers, who now lives in San Antonio, about removing Quinceañera. She initially said she was fine with removing the mural, Ramirez said, but later called him to say she was looking at her options. That’s when Ramirez said he halted work.
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