HIGHLAND PARK — One of the biggest murals in the neighborhood help, according to LA Weekly.
Mexico Tenochtitlan: A Sequence of Time and Culture at the corner of Avenue 61 and North Figueroa Street — the 100-foot by 20-foot saga of Chicano history — has been tagged about about two dozen times in the past two years, according to Anthony Ortega, co-founder of Quetzalcoatl Mural Project, the artist collective that finished the mural in 1996. One tagging last year spanned half the width of the mural, the Weekly said.
Even after a clean-up and rededication about a year ago, Ortega, who travels on a week from his home in the Inland Empire to inspect the mural, told the Weekly his group needs at least $20,000 to bring the mural back to its original condition.
Ortega told the paper he worked for a while with someone from Councilman Gil Cedillo’s office to get a grant from the Department for Cultural Affairs. But as of now, no application seems to be on file.
In addition to touching up the paint and adding anti-graffiti glaze, Ortega said he wants to bring the mural up to date, perhaps including depictions of environmental issues and gentrification.
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