Western Avenue Walls To Get Murals: City seeking volunteers to assist with project

This mural design by artist John Park will be painted on a wall of Home Lighting Crystal Gallery on Western Avenue as part of the Great Streets Initiative.

This mural design by artist John Park will be painted on a wall of Home Lighting Crystal Gallery on Western Avenue as part of the Great Streets Initiative.

KOREATOWN—The city is looking for volunteers to help transform five blank walls on Western Avenue into works of art in June. Working with the designs of six artists, volunteers will paint five murals between 3rd Street and Melrose Avenue.

The project is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Great Streets Initiative,” a program that designates one street in each council district for cultural, transportation and economic improvements.

Lilly O’Brien, a representative of the Great Streets team, said her office worked closely with the staff of Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu and the non-profit Beautify Earth, to find five business owners who would donate their blank walls and match them with six artists who have done previous mural work.

The locations of the murals will be at Saf Keep Storage, Jungsoodol Mattress, Home Lighting Crystal Gallery, Melrose Home Furnishings and GNC.

The Artists who have designed the murals are Noah Neighbor, John Park, Gino, Calen Blake and the duo of Rick “ENKS” Uribe and Hans Haveron. According to O’Brien, she is optimistic that the murals will not be marred with graffiti.

“Walls that are painted with murals are significantly less likely to be attacked by graffiti artists than plain walls,” she said.

But just in case graffiti does come along, O’Brien said the murals will be covered with an epoxy coating that will make them easy to clean.

On June 11th, volunteers will perform tasks that vary from prepping the walls, to painting the color onto the murals, to helping with a general cleanup of Western Avenue from Melrose Avenue to 3rd Street.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Melrose Home Furnishings at 641 N. Western Avenue. The event is expected to end by 2 p.m.

Interested volunteers can sign up for one or two 3-hour shifts by emailing: GreatStreets@lacity.org.

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