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Valley Glen in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Great Wall of Los Angeles

 
 
The Great Wall of Los Angeles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
1. The Great Wall of Los Angeles Marker
Inscription.  
The half mile long mural on the history of California depicting prehistory to the 1950's is a work in progress.

The mural is a landmark to the history of America and California and a monument to inter-racial harmony created between the youth who participated. Begun in 1976 by distinguished UCLA professor Judith F. Baca and the co-founder/artistic director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). The Great Wall of LA employed over 400 youth and their families from diverse social and economic backgrounds working with artists, oral historians, ethnologists, scholars, and community members to determine its content.

SPARC is a cultural center founded in 1976 that creates public art as a vehicle to promote civic dialogue, foster cross-cultural understanding and address critical social issues.

"The purpose of any monument is to bring the past into the present to inspire the future." -Judy Baca
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkEducationWomen.
 
Location.
Mural and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Mural and Marker
34° 10.759′ N, 118° 24.856′ W. Marker is in Valley Glen, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Oxnard Street, on the left when traveling north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12900 Oxnard St, North Hollywood CA 91606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Country General Store (approx. 2 miles away); Van Nuys Library (approx. 2.1 miles away); North Hollywood Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fire Station No. 60 (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Baird House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Amelia Earhart (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lankershim Train Depot (approx. 2.2 miles away); Harry Chandler (approx. 2.3 miles away).
 
Regarding The Great Wall of Los Angeles. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, the Great Wall of Los Angeles is one of the largest murals in the world at 13 feet high and 2,754 feet long. It is located in the community of North Hollywood - Valley Glen, in a section of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel parallel to Coldwater Canyon Blvd, from Burbank Blvd on the south to Oxnard Street on the north.
Plans to continue the history of California beyond the 1950s are in the works. The mural will be a mile long when sections for the 1970s through the 1990s are complete.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles - 1800s image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
3. The Great Wall of Los Angeles - 1800s
 
The Great Wall of Los Angeles image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
4. The Great Wall of Los Angeles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2020. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on August 31, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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