Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kent Twitchell's Genius Final Touch on Biola Jesus Mural- "The Word"

I've written before about the work we did with mural artist extraordinaire Kent Twtichell (probably the most famous artist in LA and maybe the most famous mural artist in the USA) on his mural called the Biola Jesus by the public but formally named, "The Word." Its located at, you guessed it, Biola University in la Mirada CA (Los Angeles) and is realy a wonderful image and artistic expression.

Some time ago, there was an olive tree in front of the mural that died and was removed. Well, this tree was part of Twitchell's composition! It was considered an important part of the placement of the central figure, coloring etc.

You can see the videos about the restoration work (which was really interesting and entertaining) at

The wonderful detail I'm now posting about is the planting of a new tree, just to make the mural "whole" again. Note that this is a BIG olive tree and very expensive. I applaud loudly the sensitivity of the university to the overall effect the mural with the tree can have on the public.

We've been working on another mural by Kent Twitchell that is located on a freeway and was heavily tagged. If you'd like to see what that interesting project is about go to

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jim Morphesis' Mural by Kent Twitchell Cleaned! Cleaning a mural

This is not the conventional way to clean a mural. But if the mural is painted right and if you have the right kind and thick enough protective layer on it and if you have the right kind of graffiti swelling agent and if the temperature of the day is warm enough and, and, and...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Save Freeway Murals From The Taggers and Vandals

Today was crazy: I was on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles, standing on the shoulder of the road about 5 feet from the traffic under an underpass all day. Today was the first day of work of graffiti removal from Kent Twitchell's Jim Morphesis Monument. Here's what happened today in an interesting quick 1 minute video:

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Banksy Mural in LA

Went to Los Angeles today to meet with owners, contractors and auction house reps to discuss taking a mural by Banksy off a wall that will be demolished. The final result will be sold at auction. If you haven't heard about Banksy, he's a English graffiti artist that has achieved celebrity status. If you'd like to be "in the know" go to or look him on on Wiki. Even a movie has been made of him and his work called Exit Through the Gift Shop. See This should make for some interesting posts and a video. Stay tuned!

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