Temporary Mural, Viewed from the Sunset Strip, Highlights West Hollywood’s History

‘A Mecca of Bold, Retold.’ (Photo by Tony Coelho, courtesy of the City of West Hollywood)
‘A Mecca of Bold, Retold.’ (Photo by Tony Coelho, courtesy of the City of West Hollywood)

West Hollywood’s Arts Division has installed “A Mecca of Bold, Retold,” a 140-foot-long temporary mural by Aaron Glasson that highlights some of the historic figures and significant events in the city’s history. This mural is located at William S. Hart Park at 8341 DeLongpre Ave. and can be viewed facing Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip.

Scheduled to be displayed through December 2018, the mural features the history of West Hollywood, which is rich with artistic, progressive and creative personalities including activists, actors, producers and poets, and highlights some of the city’s significant milestones and events. The artwork was commissioned in celebration of the “Summer on Sunset: A Tribute to the Summer of Love” events promoted by the West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board, which is the visitors bureau of the City of West Hollywood.

The first six panels of the mural are an acknowledgement to the Tongva Native Americans, who inhabited the Los Angeles Basin and the Southern Channel Islands pre-colonization, as well as a nod to Moses Sherman and his most recognized achievement, the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad. Sherman was also the founder of the area of Sherman, which is now known as the City of West Hollywood. The historic brick four-story structure illustrated in the artwork represents the La Fontaine. That building was constructed in 1928 and is representative of a significant pattern of new high-density luxurious developments in the area around Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood.

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