Muralist Frank Romero to leave his mark on a Highland Park parking lot

Concept for”Going to the Olympics, Again,” by Frank Romero/Courtesy of L.A Cultural Affairs (DCA)


Highland Park —  It’s been 35 years since Chicano muralist Frank Romero painted “Going to the Olympics”  — a celebration of the city’s car culture — that spreads for more than 100 feet across a wall on the 101 Freeway in Downtown. Now, a  new, smaller mural inspired in part by the same piece is to be recreated on a municipal parking lot in Highland Park.

The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission has approved supporting and partially funding the new mural, called “Going to the Olympics, Again.”

The project –a mural of palm stress, cars and heart-shapes — will cost a total of $40,000, according to Felicia Filer, public art division director from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). For redoing it, the city would contribute $5,000 in Council Civic Funds and $5,000 in mural funding. The rest of the funding would come from private donations.

The mural – measuring eight feet by 35 feet – would go up on the southeast side of Municipal Parking Lot 638, along South Avenue 58. This would help replace murals on city-owned lots that were painted over after they had become heavily tagged by graffiti, Filer said.

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  1. How does this not get heavy graffiti like what’s there now? Is there a fund set up to maintain the mural? Otherwise we’re just throwing away money on a temporary mural.

    • I have a mural close to Ave 58 that has a cultural affairs permit. I hope they are not planning on going over
      That mural. John Zender

  2. This is great news! I was around for the Olympics and it was a golden time for Los Angeles, and the murals were a big part of it. Still, they should’ve never removed the existing murals from that parking lot without community outreach. Some of them were very cool, and also very old. I’m happy the city is at least replacing them with a good compromise.

  3. What a wonderful artistic talent! Here’s a link to an LA Times story which expands some info on Frank Romero.

    Does anyone know what the cost would be to cover these murals with protective ‘anti-graffiti’ paint? I understand it’s expensive, but it sure would be worth the cost!

  4. Punk taggers licking their chops….

  5. They’ll paint an anti-graffiti coating on it, and hopefully the city (contracting with NE Graffiti Busters) will act quickly if anyone tags it.

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