This past weekend, my husband and I went to visit the Great Wall… of Los Angeles! I found out about this amazing mural years ago, and I’ve continuously tried to remind myself to go. For one reason or another, it had a habit of getting thrown onto the back of my mind.
A few months ago, there was some debate I caught on the news about having the mural painted over. I don’t really recall why, but it was yet another reminder for me to go before it was too late. My husband had never actually heard of it before — of which, I’m sure there’s a good percentage of Los Angelenos that have not. I brought it up to him, and it piqued his interest. It was time to check it out.
As you can see, the mural runs along the sides of the Tujunga Wash, part of Los Angeles’ drainage system. The mural itself runs along the the length of practically an entire block of Coldwater Canyon by a local high school. When I first heard about the wall, I was thinking it was a wall people could climb and sit on, but I guess it works out better this way. Less opportunity for people to damage it. It’s kind of a shock how awesome it is; it’d be heartbreaking if it became too much for the city to maintain.
The Wash is blocked off by a fence, but that’s no reason not to enjoy the work of art. We really enjoyed walking by and getting a quick capture of California’s history. The artists had each panel blend into the next starting from prehistoric history until modern day so you can imagine how creative these artists were. Definitely an underrated landmark of Los Angeles. You don’t see artwork like this everyday.
If you’re ever on the lookout for an inspirational and educational stroll in LA, this would be the perfect spot! You might even catch a few friendly locals (ie squirrels) along the way.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles | Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Burbank Blvd. and Oxnard St