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.


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


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.


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

October 26, 2023 – June 2, 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.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles – Exhibition

September 19, 2023 – February 10, 2024
Durón Gallery at SPARC
685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California 90291

After its stunning debut at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, the new segment of “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” is now on display at the Durón Gallery at SPARC, showcasing the first mural from the 1960s section, “The ‘End’ of Jim Crow”, and “Why Alcatraz Matters” from the 1970s section. 

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.


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