Echo Park muralist Ernesto de la Loza has seen most of his work destroyed by taggers and painted over by property owners. His current effort to repair his “Resurrection of the Green Planet” in Boyle Heights comes as Los Angeles seems to have lost its title as the nation’s mural capital to, of all places, Philadelphia. From Culture Monster:
Are murals a dying art in Los Angeles?
“In fact, Los Angeles was once considered the mural capital of the country, if not the world. In recent years, though, that honor has been usurped by Philadelphia, which invests $3 million a year in public art. While Philadelphia’s streets teem with kaleidoscopic color, Los Angeles’ streets are fading like a dying rainbow.”
Photo: Robin Dunitz/Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles