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Arts and Entertainment

Iconic "History of Highland Park" Mural Restoration Begins

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The highly anticipated restoration of the "History of Highland Park" mural began on Saturday as over 100 volunteers devoted their time to start the clean up process on the much-loved but recently much-maligned neighborhood artwork.

Using biodegradable soap, elbow grease and a healthy dose of neighborhood pride, community members helped kick-off the vision of years of work by the Highland Park Heritage Trust, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and Councilmember José Huizar. The mural is on the AT&T building at 107 N. Ave 56 and AT&T funded the restoration costs which are estimated at $78,000.

Huizar made a moving statement during Saturday's event: "Today we are honoring the history of Highland Park and Garvanza. This mural is much more than a painting on a wall. It is a reflection of this historic community and the people who call it home. I am proud to have been a part of the collective effort to bring 'The History of Highland Park' back to life and I thank all our partners who worked so diligently to make this happen."

Judy Baca, one of the mural's original artists, will oversee the entire restoration and encourages everyone to "come by and watch our progress!" The restoration should be completed in the next few months.

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