• Johanna Poethig returns to LA to digitally restore her iconic mural
    Through SPARC’s CityWide Mural Program, preservation of “Calle de la Eternidad” originally painted in 1992 as part of SPARC’s Neighborhood Pride Mural Program, is now going through a digital restoration in our UCLA@SPARC Digital/Mural Lab. Since the original facade of the building was demolished, so was the mural. SPARC’s intent is to bring this iconic mural ...
  • The CityWide Mural Program Conservations 2015-2016
    The SPARC & DCA CityWide Mural Program Mural Conservations for 2015-2016 Click on each image to enlarge. “Not Somewhere Else, But Here” by Daryl E. Wells (Before) “Not Somewhere Else, But Here” by Daryl E. Wells (After) “Love is for Everyone” by Mary-Linn Hughes and Reginald Zachary (Before) “Love is for Everyone” by Mary-Linn Hughes and Reginald Zachary “Literacy” by Roderick Sykes (Before) “Literacy” ...
  • SPARC Interviews Noni Olabisi, Artist of “To Protect and ServeSPARC Interviews Noni Olabisi, Artist of "To Protect and Serve
    SPARC is proud to be sponsoring the conservation of “To Protect and Serve” by Noni Olabisi, located at the corner of Jefferson Blvd and 11th Ave. Noni has been working with the CityWide Team since early December to repair 23 years of sun damage. During her conservation work, Noni took some time to answer some of our questions. “To ...
  • SPARC Interviews Christina Schlesinger before her arrival to restore “Chagall Returns to Venice Beach”
    SPARC is very excited to be hosting our co-founder, Christina Schlesinger for the conservation of “Chagall Returns to Venice Beach” at the Israel Levin Senior Center. She will join our CityWide Team beginning Monday and complete the last remaining repairs by December 22nd. Before her arrival, we asked Christina a few questions about what it was ...
  • The CityWide Team begins the conservation of Noni Olabisi’s “To Protect and Serve”
    After 21 years of being out on the sunny streets of Los Angeles, Noni Olabisi’s “To Protect and Serve” is now receiving much needed conservation repairs. The historic artwork depicts the social services created by the Black Panther Party. Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and Angela Davis are memorialized in the mural as the demands of ...
  • Charles “Boko” Freeman’s “Return to the Light” Conservation Complete!Charles "Boko" Freeman's "Return to the Light" Conservation Complete!
    The conservation of Charles “Boko” Freeman’s mural, “Return to the Light” is now complete! SPARC’s CityWide Mural Team along with Boko spent several weeks meticulously repairing the mural from vandalism and delamination. Our conservation technicians removed a significant amount of graffiti, most likely vandalized with a pressurized fire extinguisher. Despite appearing faded, once the binder ...
  • The Conservation of “Not Somewhere Else, But Here” by Daryl WellsThe Conservation of "Not Somewhere Else, But Here" by Daryl Wells
    The conservation of “Not Somewhere Else, But Here” by Daryl Wells This mural emphasizes the themes of community service, social actions and education that the National Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles endorses. Wells depicts influential and prominent women of varied ethnic backgrounds building community and sharing struggles through the act of “breaking bread” together. ...
  • Historic AIDS Mural Saved from DestructionHistoric AIDS Mural Saved from Destruction
    “Love is For Everyone” by Mary-Linn Hughes and Reginald Zachary (1991) Twenty four years following its creation, one of the first public murals to address Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is scheduled to be restored, revived, and renewed! “Love is for Everyone” by artists Mary-Linn Hughes and Reggie Zachary, was originally commissioned in 1991 as part ...