[Washington Post] Judy Baca’s nearly 50-year-old Great Wall has never been more relevant to the monument wars

by Philip Kennicott

LOS ANGELES — When Judy Baca and a team of 80 kids began painting “The History of California” in 1976, almost no one considered the 1,000-foot-long mural project a monument. Since then, the painting has grown to more than 2,750 feet, and is known as the Great Wall of Los Angeles. It is monumentally scaled, running about a half mile along the west face of a San Fernando Valley flood control channel, but it breaks almost all the old rules about how monuments are made and function in public space.

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