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Muralist Kent Twitchell Commissioned for County Project

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Free Ballot by Helen Lundeberg
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When downtown's Bob Hope Patriotic Hall opens in 2012, it will not only be home to L.A. County’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, but also to three of Kent Twitchell's latest murals, the county's Arts Commission announced today. The works will celebrate lost murals by Helen Lundeberg, which were painted in 1942 during the Works Progress Administration and later destroyed after placed in storage in a neighboring building that was subsequently demolished. Lundeberg's murals depicted The Preamble to the Constitution, Free Assembly and Free Ballot.

It's been 30 years since Twitchell, an Air Force veteran himself, has worked on a government commission, but it's good news he's back. And that's despite a controversial incident in 2006 that left his six-story tall mural "Ed Ruscha Monument" painted over. In the end, however, he sued the federal government and other defendants and settled for $1.1 million.

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