November 27, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Mural Rescue Begins

B.J. Lawrence, national junior vice commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), and several VFW members from local Posts joined the Venice Chamber of Commerce (VCC) and the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) at a special ceremony on Wednesday April 5, to commence the restoration project of the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice, and speak out against memorial desecration.

2. Veterans Memorial
Tagged again.

The Venice memorial was recently vandalized for the second time in the past year, and restoration efforts will be extensive given the over 2,273 names which appear on the memorial. Venice Chamber of Commerce led the fundraising efforts to make this restoration possible.

The restoration project’s kick-off ceremony began at 11:15 a.m. (PDT) at the POW/MIA Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice at 614 Pacific Ave., in Venice. Lawrence lay a wreath at the memorial as part of the event.

Riding his bike on Pacific Avenue in Venice recently, Stewart Oscars noticed vandals had struck the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial a second time.

“I’m just mad again. It’s so sad that people do this. There’s just no respect for what this is.  I’m just mad and sad,” Oscars told CBS 2 reporter Jeff Nguyen.

In the lead up to Memorial Day last year, Oscars reached out to Yo! Venice after noticing taggers had vandalized the mural. One person has been sentenced to prison for his part.

After last year’s tagging, hundreds of well-meaning volunteers turned up to help scrub the original graffiti off the memorial. However, in the process, they removed many of the names of those who went missing in action during the Vietnam War.

3. Veterans Memorial
SPARC Founder Judy Baca speaks with CBS2 Reporter Jeff Nguyen at the vandalized memorial.

Retrieving the lost names “was a great investigative piece of our work.  We went to the estate of the now passed artist and we found his original materials.  Now we have the list, and we’ll be able to recover it exactly as he made it,” said SPARC Founder Judy  Baca.

One phase of the mural’s restoration will include painting on a transparent layer of a substance, developed by SPARC, called Mural Sheild. The coating will protect the mural and any future graffiti can be simply washed away with a “very light water spray.  And the graffiti will not attach to the mural shield that we’ve put on it,” said Baca.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce and Councilmember Mike Bonin helped raised $30,000 to cover the majority of the cost of the restoration. However, $8,000 more is needed for a complete restoration, including work to digitize the whole piece so if it ever destroyed, it can be recovered in total.   And to do a final treatment of the shield.

Related Posts

Edify TV: Layoffs Coming as LA County Suspends Outdoor Dining

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

“We are laying off about 70 percent of our staff,” says a local restaurant owner in the wake of LA County...

Acclaimed Abbot Kinney Restaurant Closes 18-Months After Opening

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Vartan Abgaryan says Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurant Yours Truly will not be reopening By Kerry Slater An acclaimed Abbot Kinney...

Small Package Explodes at Venice Post Office

November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Saturday incident under investigation A small package exploded at a Venice USPS facility over the weekend. According to the Los...

City Council Set to Vote on Vote on Encampment Ban

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Los Angeles City Council to continue controversial item November 24 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles lawmakers are set to vote...

Venice Shooting Leaves Man Injured

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Shooting takes place in area of Washington and Pacific Thursday One person was injured following a shooting that took place...

Local Restaurants React to New Dining Restrictions

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Capacity in Los Angeles restaurants capped at 50 percent By Toi Creel Local restaurants are having to make some big...

Main Street Restaurant Recognized by Michelin

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Pasjoli on Main Street in Santa Monica named a “discovery” restaurant By Toi Creel While Michelin stars are not being...

Senior Housing Development Would Include 12-Stories, Over 100 Units

November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Belmont Village project to go before Westwood Design Review Board By Sam Catanzaro A 12-story, 153-foot-tall, senior housing project is...

Venice Family Clinic Raises $1 Million for 50th Anniversary

November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton among celebrities supporting weeklong celebration and fundraiser By Kerry Slater With support...

Edify TV: Reopening of Popular Westside Beach Workout Destination

November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020

“It’s just so great,” says a man on the reopening of a popular Westside beach workout destination. “This is therapy...

Coroner Rules Homicide in Death of Venice Senior Robbing Victim

November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

71-year-old Jesus Valdiva Jimenez death a homicide, Los Angeles Coroner rules By Sam Catanzaro A man faces potential homicide charges...

Edify TV: Westside Apartment Building to Hotel Conversion?

November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

A developer’s proposal to convert a Westside apartment complex into a hotel has been met by backlash from some members...