and Chicano artist Frank Romero filed a lawsuit against Caltrans for
whitewashing his 1984 Olympic mural "Going to the Olympics," reports the LAT.
The 102-foot-long by 20-foot-high mural, on the walls of the 101 at
Alameda, was one of three major commissioned murals painted over in
late summer of 2007. The suit contends that the mural was taken out
after June, 2007.
VFaL noted the loss of "Going to the Olympics" in September, as well as Willie Herron's "Luchas del Mundo," and Glenna Boltuch Avila's "L. A. Freeway Kids." All were painted over in standard Caltrans grey paint, often used to cover graffiti.
Initial reaction from Romero was resignation. However, with Kent Twitchell awarded an $1.1 million settlement against the U.S. Goverment for painting over "Ed Rusha" last year, it may have been encouragement that the 1980 state law that requires an artist be given 90 days to save or relocate commissioned works of public art, rather than a property owner just removing them, is enforceable.