That’s what Willie Herron III recalls thinking in the 1960s after moving to City Terrace, which lacked public art, let alone any museums or galleries. Herron, who later emerged as one of the area’s leading Chicano artists, and others eventually painted numerous murals across the stores, churches, alleys and apartments that line the hilly streets of City Terrace. But many of those public artworks have faded away or disappeared completely. Now, Herron and others are trying to revive interest and appreciation of the City Terrace murals among a younger generation.
Herron appears in a new video – Surrounded by Art: The Murals of City Terrace – produced by the students and staff of the City Terrace Library. It serves as a lesson in neighborhood and art history. The murals were needed, said Herron, so “when people drive by and go walk to the store…they are surrounded by art.”