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Photos: Portraits of Hope Reveal First 3 Colorful Lifeguard Towers

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An overcast sky hanging over the beach in Santa Monica was brightened this morning when Portraits of Hope revealed the first 3 of 158 brightly painted life guard towers representing the Summer of Color public art project.

Thousands of volunteers, both children and adults, have been working to paint the towers in vibrant base colors, and to paint the panels that will be installed on top of each of the towers on LA County beaches.

The painted towers will be viewable from now until October, after which the panels will be removed and sent to Haiti to decorate hospitals and temporary housing for those displaced by the massive earthquake in January.