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After the successful production of SPARCís signature piece "The Great Wall of Los Angeles," SPARC began the production of countless murals, not only in Los Angeles and
in the United States but internationally as well. In producing these numerous
mural projects SPARC perfected its community based art process, developed new
techniques in mural painting and conservation, pioneered the use of new materials,
and ultimately brought muralism into the 21st Century with invention of the digital
mural and the formation of the UCLA-SPARC Digital/Mural Lab. Listed below are
some of the major mural projects SPARC has sponsored over its 28 year history.
Great Walls Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride
Following the completion of the Great Wall of Los Angeles in 1984, Mayor Tom
Bradley asked if the same process that facilitated its production could be replicated
throughout the City of Los Angeles. Judy Baca and SPARC undertook the task of
creating and implementing Great Walls Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride. Beginning
in 1988, the program has since produced 105 murals in almost every ethnic community
of Los Angeles. Over its fourteen-year history Great Walls Unlimited: Neighborhood
Pride has employed over 90 different established and emerging muralists from Los
Angeles and around the country, trained hundreds of youth apprentices, collaborated
with countless community based organizations, worked closely with the fifteen
different Council Districts that make up the City of Los Angeles, worked with
minority owned businesses, scholars, and The City of Los Angeles Department of
Recreation and Parks all to produce images that speak to the multi-ethnic communities
that make up Los Angeles. As the first program of its kind in the nation, Great
Walls Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride has become one of the country's most respected
model mural programs, setting a standard which has inspired other cities across
the United States.
World Wall Ė A Vision of the Future Without Fear
The WORLD WALL takes the successful principles developed and refined in the "The
Great Wall of Los Angeles" and applies them to international communication. Beginning
in 1989 SPARCís Artistic Director Judith F. Baca worked with a global team of
45 students and artists to conceptualize "A Vision of the Future Without Fear."
Conceived as a series of seven portable 10-by-30-foot panels, the "World Wall"
is designed to travel around the world serving as a monument to world peace and
an inspiration for other activist artists. In each new country the World Wall
travels to representing artists are elected to add a new mural panel. The World
Wall already includes: a Finnish panel by artists Juhn Saaski, Sirkka-Liisa Lonka
and Aaro Matinlauri; a Russian panel by artist Alexi Begov; an Israeli and Palestinian
collaboration headed by Israeli artist Adi Yekutieli; and a Mexican panel by artists
Patricia Quijano and Martha Ramirez. Future World Wall plans include the production
of a Brazilian panel and a Canadian panel.