The History of Transportation


The History of Transportation by Helen Lundeberg is a commission from the Federal Works Progress Administration. It was the largest mural commissioned as part of the program. The subject matter is the human transportation history in the Centinela Valley, including Inglewood. The mural demonstrates technological changes in transportation from walking to horses and carts, to railroads and airplanes. The mural, now in Grevillea Art Park, was originally sited along one of Inglewood's most traveled commuter arteries. After car accidents destroyed two of the 60 panels, a multifaceted, four year conservation effort began. Artisans constructed replacement panels for the originals, acknowledging the replacements with an intentionally simplified mosaic style. After restoration the mural was resited on specially landscaped City property as the primary work in Grevillea Art Park facing Inglewood`s busy Manchester Boulevard. Lundeberg's original drawings for The History of Transportation are in the Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Art Conservator Rosa Lowinger details the enormous effort made possible by the City, the Getty Conservation Institute and many individuals in her podcast.

Resited, 2007
Installed, 1940


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