Monday, April 28, 2014

Iconic Fullerton Norman Rockwell Murals Painted Over

My home town of Fullerton, California has a sad history of painting over priceless public art.  As far back as 1939, city leaders decided to paint over Charles Kassler's WPA fresco Pastoral California.  In 1963, the Fullerton Police Department painted over another WPA mural "The History of California."  Back in 2008, city council was talking about painting over the Lemon Underpass murals.  Then city council member (now OC Supervisor) Shawn Nelson was quoted as saying, "We need to get rid of that crap, like, right now."  And just this month, in 2014, some short-sighted Fullertonians painted over the iconic Norman Rockwell murals which graced the wall of Ross Publications for the past few decades.  Here's what one of the murals looked like:


And here's what the wall looks like today.



Oh, Fullerton, when will you learn?

11 comments:

  1. So sad, I wonder what the reasoning is? Even if some city member didn't like it, how is nothing better?

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  2. How aweful. Those images are iconic and the murals, historic. Presumably, they were licensed or interpreted without legal issues? What was Shawn Nelson and the council's objection to them? Is there a plan to re-use and revitalize those framed spaces? Thank you for caring and sharing.

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  3. Fullerton fails yet again. So sad.

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  4. Way to screw things up even more. Politicians are asses, but the people who instill them with that power are blatant idiots

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  5. *Facepalm. Fucking shame. I swear, my home town was getting messy when I moved 5 years ago, but it's shocking to see the crap that has happened in that time span. More crap bars, arrests, cop murders... I mean cops that murder and vintage public art removed. They really want to turn that place into a cardboard cutout quickly. Wouldn't be surprised if the choices of the city council turned downtown Fullerton back into a ghost-town in the same 20 years it took to build it up from one.

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  6. When will Fullerton learn? Never. They've demonstrated repeatedly that the answer to your question is never.

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  7. This was most likely done by the new building owners, Ross went out of business a few years ago

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  8. I traveled the world in the military and Fullerton was once the only place I wanted to live. Now I want to move and never come back.

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  9. Councilwoman Phyllis Stein strikes again.
    --Zuv

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