The Taggers Have Won
Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics," Willie Herron's "Luchas del Mundo," and Glenna Boltuch Avila's "L. A. Freeway Kids" are no more. The iconic Los Angeles murals––completed for the 1984 Olympics–– have been completely painted over in solid coats of Caltrans gray and judging by the paint, it looks like it was an official wipe-out. Located alongside the 101, they were important enough be conserved, but evidently the constant tagging made it too costly to consider restoring them yet again.
Add 9.28: LAT supplements a story about Sheriff Lee Baca's new program to address tagging with recent pics of the now gone set of murals. Also used are photos of Judy Bacas "Hitting the Wall" that was recently restored after years of raising funding for conservation. [Baca: 'shame' on taggers' parents]
[Mourning the loss of L.A. Freeway Kids] BloggingLA
Below, the former site of "L.A. Freeway Kids" and after the jump, "Going to the Olympics" is gone.