“Postcards from Ballona”

Postcards From Ballona

On Earth Day, April 22, 2009, a group of artists and volunteers gathered to revamp the “Postcards from Ballona” mural which has graced the Ballona Creek Bike Path access ramp on the west side of Overland Avenue in Culver City since 1997.

Over the years, the mural had become a victim of both vandalism and graffiti; but now it’s bright, glossy and shiny.

Let's Protect our Treasure

The Postcards from Ballona mural was totally restored by both volunteers and its original student artists. The updated painting was completed on Earth Day, at about 8:15pm. Its final touch, a layer of graffiti-proof polyurethane was literally applied today.

According to the volunteer pictured above, the newly overhauled Postcards from Ballona even out do the original.

Ballona Creek

The mural was originally designed and painted by the students at Culver City Middle School–which is located right next to the Ballona Creek bike path. The Postcards from Ballona mural features film strip scenes and photos, depicting scenes of the Ballona Creek past and present; alongside other icons and memories of people and places which hail from Culver City.

Small Hands

Aided with additional financial support from the Splash Water Company, Trader Joe’s, and Albert Vera & Sorrento’s Italian Market, the project took place from Sunday to Thursday. Considering the heat wave (100⁰ temperatures) we had here on Sunday and Monday, I have a great appreciation for the volunteers who endured the heat to celebrate this tribute.

Old and New

I’d like to thank each and every volunteer who took time from their busy schedules to help my ride and everyone else’s ride along the Ballona Creek Bike Path to make it more enjoyable. It looks great.

As Marc over at the Welsh Scribe suggests, “No matter what topic you blog about; writing, spirituality, motivation - use Earth Day as a launch pad for your next post.”

The Mural project was just one of many such Earth Day events that went on in Los Angeles over the course of the last week. What events were going on in your neighborhood?

I can’t wait to share more of my Travelin’ Local bike ride alongside the Ballona Creek Bike Path today, to add to my Californian’s Want Wetlands, series about this ecological miracle inside our busy metropolis.

Oh, and don’t forget, today is the last Friday of the month, which means it’s Car-Free Friday.