LA Trade Tech College Murals

Sunday, July 10, 2014 – Everyday, on my way to work and back, the Expo train passes the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. The college’s own students from one of the classes, “Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting,” led by Art Mortimer painted a series of murals on the walls of the college facing the Expo train on Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles. I’ve seen the artists a couple of times – 3-4 college age adults – working on the first set of murals in the early evening when I was on my home from work. The artists completed this set last year. About two or three months ago, while on my way to work, I saw five large white squares with penciled in grids on each of them. That made my morning. I was so excited to see more murals and curious to know what they will be. Each mural is the same size, give or take, depending on the image. One of the main themes of the murals is a celebration and/or reflection of Los Angeles’ culture, history, art and its people. I took photos of the first set of the murals when they were completed. For the second set, I took photos of the murals as they were developed over a period of time. I never saw the artists working on the second set of the murals as I did on the first set. I did notice that they worked on the murals during the weekends because by Monday I would see added colors and sketches.

FIRST SET

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

SECOND SET

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by  Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

LA Trade Tech Mural by Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting: with Art Mortimer (Photo by N. Murph)

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2 Responses to LA Trade Tech College Murals

  1. Michael Cervantes says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I saw the pictures of Trade tech’s murals. I enjoyed the article and reading some of your previous ones as well. I have been busy preparing for the Fiesta. I wish I had more time to talk to you during my House warming celebration. Maybe we can get together some time the end of July or mid August. Let me know. Take care. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Michael, your Cuz

    • Hey Michael,

      No worries. I’ve been busy too on this end with work and the commute. I try to blog when I can (time). I received your fiesta booklet, it looks great! Thank you for sending it to us. Don’t worry, we will talk more soon. Take Care.

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