The ‘All Black Lives Matter’ mural running along Hollywood Boulevard will be a permanent art installation by the end of this week.
Starting August 24, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, for the permanent installation of the ‘All Black Lives Matter’ street mural honoring the historic march that took place on June 14.
The installation was initially was created by hundreds of volunteers prior to the march and painted yellow to represent Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ and transgender pride flag colors. The artwork was a show of solidarity with a Black Lives Matter movement, in response to the death of George Floyd, along with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
Although it was initially done using non-permanent materials, the removal was protested and crews were ordered to stop scrubbing it away by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. It has since remained intact while the city looked for a permanent place for it.
Last week, however, Mitch O’Farrell announced that the installation would remain in the same place to serve as a reminder of the day where over 50 thousand protestors took to the street and march along that stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. It’s also the same location that L.A.’s first official Gay Pride Parade took place in 1970. The project is a collaboration between StreetsLA, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and LADOT.
“Today, after years and years of violence against our Black and queer communities, we are creating the first memorialized space in Los Angeles dedicated to transgender people of color,” O’Farrell said.
“Streets connect people. This street installation is a reminder for us to join hands, hearts and minds to make our communities safer with opportunity, freedom and justice for all,” Adel Hagekhalil, executive director and general manager of StreetsLA, said.
The work is expected to be completed by Friday this week and will include a sign that reads, “All Black Lives Matter March for all Black lives and Black LGBTQI+ Rights, dedicated to transgender people of color, June 14, 2020.”
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