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The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is restoring a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural, "Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo", by John Wehrle.
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is restoring a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural, "Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo", by John Wehrle.
198 backers pledged $10,895 to help bring this project to life.

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MCLA Restores "Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo"!

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is restoring a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural, "Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo", by John Wehrle.

Although the mural appears to be covered up, it actually has been preserved by Caltrans with gray paint until it could be properly restored.

Funds raised will only cover a portion of the restoration costs. However, what is raised will go towards materials and equipment to carry out the restoration and ensures that upon completion the mural will be properly protected from tagging.

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Kickstarter video directed and edited by: Florent Tarrieux


Images 1,2,5,6, and 7, Photo © SPARC

Images 3,4,8,9 and 10, Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt

(Mayor Eric Garcetti & MCLA Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams)
(Mayor Eric Garcetti & MCLA Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams)

"MCLA has a proven track record... the results have been a spectacular success." (Mayor Garcetti, July 3rd, 2013)

This restoration effort is possible through the support of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the in-kind supervision and advice of Mr. Wehrle, the logistical expertise of Caltrans, and the generosity of private donors such as you!

Risks and challenges

The process of mural restoration is difficult, and each project presents a unique set of concerns. Variables such as the weather, tagging on the wall, and the level of deterioration of the mural, vary with each project, and must be resolved on a case by case basis. To cope with this, we have commissioned skilled restorers whose careers have been made on successful mural creations and restorations.

Despite all this, the final challenge comes when the mural is done, and must be protected. Funds received from this project will go towards ensuring that a protective coating is applied onto the mural to protect it from climate conditions and possible tagging, allowing for it to be readily cleaned and returned back to its beautiful state quickly.

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