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292-foot-long ceramic serape to unfold in El Sereno

Feb 12, 2019

The general tile patterns and elevation chart for “El Sereno Serape,” by Sonia Romero/Courtesy of L.A Cultural Affairs (DCA)

By BARRY LANK

El Sereno  – A new serape-themed mural is in the works for Alhambra Avenue near Lowell Street.

The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission has approved the concept by artist Sonia Romero for “El Sereno Serape.”  According to a project description, the project will feature “a ceramic tile mural that uses the colorful, striped pattern of a serape blanket to share the stories of the neighborhood, its various landscapes, and diverse cultures.”

The mural is sited for a 292-foot-long retaining wall, with a variable range of heights, on the north side of Alhambra Avenue. The wall was built about a year ago to create more room for a new sidewalk near the El Sereno Arroyo Playground.

The project is funded at $100,000 through the City’s Art Development Fee program, according to Felicia Filer, public art division director from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

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