I worked on the artist team that restored The Great Wall of Los Angeles mural in the Summer of 2011. Designed by Judith Baca and executed by community youth and artists, this monumental project was coordinated by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) over several summers in the 1970’s and 80’s. It is located on the eastern edge of the Valley College campus in the San Fernando Valley community of Valley Glen, on the concrete sides of the Tujunga Wash, part of the drainage system of Los Angeles, California. With a length of 2,754 feet (840 m), it is credited as one of the longest murals in the world.
The mural depicts the history of California through several panels; the first panels begin with prehistory and colonialism, but most of the following panels deal with events of the 20th century. It was created in conjunction with the rise of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-1980s.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles also places emphasis on the history of Native Americans and minorities with sections depicting events such as Japanese internment and civil rights.