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Great Wall of Los Angeles: A Historic Timeline

Only eight minutes away from the Airtel stands one of the city’s proudest and largest works of art known as the Great Wall of Los Angeles. The idea originated with Judy Baca, who was SPARC’S founder and artistic director. The project began in 1974 and ended five years later with a 2,754 foot long collection of murals.

The murals are painted on the inner wall of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel and represent a massive effort by over 400 multicultural volunteers, most of them at-risk-youth. Along with advisors in the fields of history, anthropology, and ethnology, oral historians, and members of the surrounding diverse communities, these young people created a dynamic, intercultural history of Los Angeles, from the prehistoric age to the 1950s.

This brilliant and vibrant work is a must-see for tourists, artists, historians, and educators. Regular renovations are ongoing, and future plans for murals depicting scenes from the 1960s to the 1990s are in the works.

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