The Great Wall of Los Angeles

The Great Wall Institute is a SPARC program that builds and expands on the legacy of The Great Wall of Los Angeles. With teams of historians, artists, activists and community organizations, it will engage a new generation of emerging muralists and community members in expanding and designing the next half-mile of mural.

EXPLORE

Find out more about the Great Wall Institute and the history of the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

LOCATION

Get direction to the Great Wall mural in the San Fernando Valley.

Learn more about the next phases of designing the remaining four decades of the century.

Embark on an virtual tour and explore history and meaning of the Great Wall mural.

LIVE STREAMING

[Talk] REFLECTIONS ON THE WALL SERIES: Judy Baca and Kim Martinez 
May 22, 2024  |  6 pm – 7 pm PST

HIGHLIGHTED NEWS

June 14, 2024 – January 5, 2025
Durón Gallery at SPARC
685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California 90291

“Exploring Metaphors: The Creative Process of the Great Wall of LA” presents an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of the collaborative process that is extending the iconic Great Wall of Los Angeles mural from the 1960s to the present. Artistic Director Judy Baca leads a diverse team of researchers, muralists, digital artists, and technical specialists to expand on this monumental work, blending teamwork, metaphors, and innovative design.

[Talk] REFLECTIONS ON THE WALL SERIES: Judy Baca and Kim Martinez

May 22, 2024  |  6 pm – 7 pm PST
Durón Gallery at SPARC
685 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 United States
In-person & live streaming

Join us for ‘Reflections on the Wall,’ a series of dialogues between Judy Baca and her team of artists involved in extending the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural. This series features two influential figures in the mural art world sharing their experiences and discussing the importance of their collaboration.

[Exhibition] Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and the Great Wall

October 26, 2023 – July 21, 2024
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

For the first time in her practice, Judy Baca transforms a museum into a studio. She and artists from the Social and Public Art Resource Center expand The Great Wall of Los Angeles into the 21st century, painting two sections of the mural at LACMA.

[Exhibition] From the Local to the Global: Great Wall and World Wall

February 29, 2023 – June 23, 2024
SPARC at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave Unit B1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

SPARC is thrilled to announce a new gallery-production space at the Bergamot Station Art Center. This inaugural exhibition brings together two monumental mural projects as envisioned by pioneering artist Judy Baca.

Announcing the Continuation of The Great Wall Monument

Forthcoming Interpretive Green Bridge at the Great Wall of Los Angeles

February 9, 2021 – Today The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced five new projects to be funded through its monuments initiative. Launched in October 2020, the Monuments Project is the Foundation’s groundbreaking grantmaking effort to reimagine and transform commemorative spaces to celebrate America’s diverse history. “Monuments and memorials powerfully shape our understanding of our country’s past, and determine which narratives we honor and celebrate in the American story,” said Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Foundation.

The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a proud recipient of a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the preservation, activation, and expansion of The Great Wall of Los Angeles Monument.

FRAMEWORKS

The objectives of The Great Wall Institute will be informed by three key frameworks:

create a more inclusive society

Public monuments possess the power to create a more inclusive society by acknowledging and celebrating minority individuals and important events in the public realm. Like their historical precedents, public murals are public education for the masses.

mitigate forms of cultural erasure

Public art has the capacity to mitigate forms of cultural erasure, particularly as it relates to suppressing the contributions of women, minority, and immigrant peoples.

supporting and unifying

Public monuments like The Great Wall play a pivotal role in supporting desegregation and unifying California’s underrepresented ethnic communities.

I dreamed of a tattoo on the scar where the river once ran as a metaphor for healing our city’s divisions of race and class… the concreting of the river was an act of violence against the earth and healing was needed for both the river and the people.

- Judy Baca