Community members—including Councilmember José Huizar, muralist Eloy Torrez, and actor Edward James Olmos—gathered this week to celebrate the restoration of the legendary “Pope of Broadway” mural. The 70-foot-tall piece, painted by Torrez in 1985, depicts actor and two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn, who was born in Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles. Councilmember Huizar helped secure $150,000 to restore the iconic downtown mural in 2014.
Here’s what it looked like before:
Restoration of the mural by Torrez and artist and mural restoring expert Art Mortimer started in July of 2016. The project was overseen by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.
Here’s the amazing transformation:
Check out the mural for yourself next time you’re Downtown. It’s at 240 South Broadway.
Photos courtesy Gil Ortiz of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.