Newest Public Mural on Figueroa Street in Highland Park

Feb 27, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Located right across the street from Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park is the Historic Glen-Mary Archway.

The original archway, built around 1903 as a waiting station–the Glen-Mary/Sycamore Grove stop for the red car for the Pacific Electric Trolley.

In fact, Highland Park itself, which was originally founded in 1870 by land speculators, was built along the Figueroa Street trolley lines and railroads, which linked downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Subsequently incorporated into Los Angeles proper in 1895, Highland Park quickly became a part of a thriving LA “suburb.”

Today, Highland Park’s picturesque neighborhoods is home to an artist enclave that brings a vibrant character to its public spaces, galleries and homes.

Therefore, prior to November 21st, 2010, you would have seen this on Figueroa Street in Highland Park:

However, now it looks like this:

On November 21st, 2010, “Haramokngna – Place Where People Gather,” was revealed.

It was created by artists Pola Lopez and Heriberto Luna along with a team of 15 young artists from Franklin High School.

This public mural–which took 15 months to create–was actually painted on canvas and then attached to the wall.

Its theme was created from a collection of historic stories and storytelling that were provided by its local local residents, organizations, and historic places which all help to tell a tale.

This mural reflects the history of Highland Park, using its own unique history, which as a matter of fact, extends back as far as the history of the early Tongva people, whom were the earliest members of the Los Angeles communities.

When you climb the steps, there’s a a small maintained shine:

The project is funded through the LA Commons, with partners Avenue 50 Studio, Franklin High School, Arroyo Arts Collective, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Milagro Community Garden, the family of Lupe Handy, Future Studios, and the Office of Council Member Ed P. Reyes.

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