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Judith Baca's Great Wall Mural, Los Angeles, CA

The History of The Great Wall. Review the murals of Judith Baca such as The Great Wall of Los Angeles and write an historical account of the work

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These first two sites I copied and pasted are from the artist's own web site and contain her own views regarding her work. The URLs which follow these have additional information, but from other sources than the artist herself.

From Judy Baca's offical web site - her comments on this mural project:
The Great Wall of Los Angeles 1976-2003
The "Great Wall" is located in the Tujunga Wash flood control channel of the LA County Flood Control District in the San Fernando Valley. It was painted with acrylic paint on cast concrete and it stretches 13 ft. high and 2400 ft. long on the interior of the channel. This mural which is already the longest in the world (and still growing) is a narrative depicting California's multicultural history from prehistoric times through the 1950's--where it now ends. This has been a participatory process directed by Judith F. Baca and involving over 400 youth-100 scholars-and 40 assisting artists on the long mural. Research and design for the 1960's- 70's-80's- and 90's sections are in progress on a virtual internet site and UCLA's ATS Visualization Portal. Proposed designs for the Great Wall extensions are in progress with scholars-UCLA students and community members. These are placed on the site for public review. Sponsored by the City- County- State and Federal Government as well as the Jewish Community Foundation- California Council on Humanities- National Endowment for the Arts- Animating Democracy: The FORD Foundation Rockefeller PACT Fund and other individual and corporate donors.
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From the Biography section, which discusses the great wall mural project at length: Retrieved from

Artist, Educator, Scholar/Activist and Community Arts Pioneer

Art and creative expression are at the heart of what makes us human. A social or political movement that isn't fueled by vibrant and deeply inspiring art and music has hole in its soul and should probably not be trusted. As we learn to appreciate more keenly the key relationship of arts to social change, we hope we're coming to value our artists in a deeper way. Around the world, artists are responding in abundantly creative ways to the calls of the Earth - and people - in trouble. In Queensland, an Australian Aboriginal artist named Dr. Pamela Croft makes Mud Maps, integrating the language of her indigenous art form with the tangible evidence of climate change to the creek nearby, where the altering tides create delicate patterns in the mud.
She does this to inspire people to act. She also makes this art to challenge non-Aboriginal people to come to an understanding of the world as her people see it - a people who are estimated to have inhabited that land for over 50,000 years.

Like these Mud Maps, Judy Baca's murals are as much about the process of how they're made as they are about the end result. Each artist begins from the awareness that the land has memory that must be expressed. Both create art that's shaped by an interactive relationship among history, people and place that marks the dignity of hidden historical precedents, restores connections and stimulates new relationships into the future.

Judy Baca's murals focus on revealing and reconciling diverse peoples' struggles for their rights and affirm the connections of each community to that place. She gives form to monuments that rise up out of neighborhoods, rather than being imposed upon them. Together with the people who live there, they co-create monumental public art, places that become "sites of public memory."

Judy is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator who has been teaching art in the UC system (including at UCLA) for over 20 years. She was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which ...

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WEb site biographical information from the artist's own site. explaining the work of the Great Wall Mural in Los Angeles, CA, and other URL sites with additional info, background info for an essay with scholarly reference sites.