The City of Inglewood received a $20,000 contribution from the Ahmanson Foundation that will boost its efforts to complete the restoration and relocation of an historic and cultural treasure, the Helen Lundeberg “History of Transportation Mural” mural. Additionally, the City received $17,500 from the Feitelson Foundation for the project. Contributors of $15,000 or greater will be recognized as Major Sponsors with a permanent bronze re-dedication plaque that will be prominently displayed in the Art Park surrounding the mural.
Since 1940, the Transportation Mural had been located at Centinela Park (now Edward Vincent, Jr. Park). At that time, the park was a lively hub of transportation with links to nearby air and sea transport. In the ensuing decades, construction of freeways and other infrastructure changed the mural’s surroundings, leaving the magnificent artwork isolated. As a result, the mural was significantly damaged and the tremendous historical piece needed a new home.
In 2000, the city and its Historic Site Preservation Committee (HSPC) began raising funds that today total over $1 million through grants from the J. Paul Getty Trust, the California Urban Recreational and Cultural Centers Program, the California Heritage Fund, California Cultural and Historical Endowment, and Park Bond 2000. The HSPC is using these funds to restore the mural to its former glory and move it to Grevillea Park, which is undergoing a planned conversion into a city Art Park with the mural as its centerpiece. At this new location, thousands of viewers will once again be able to enjoy the mural, since the park is located at the hub of the city and across the street from city hall.
It is anticipated that the project will be completed in the fall of 2006. For information on making contributions, contact the Inglewood Recreation, Parks and Community Services Department at (310) 412-8750.