Save The Largest Patriotic Mural In America
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At nearly 100,000 sq feet, the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural can be seen by some 300,000 cars that pass by it daily along the 91 freeway in Corona California. The mural is actually six times the size of Mt. Rushmore!
How the mural got there is as impressive as It's message, in 1976 it was designed and painted by Corona High School students to be part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, which became the most massive volunteer movement in peacetime history.
Over the years the Mural has been damaged, but even though groups like the Boy Scouts have volunteered to repair the 40 year old Icon, the Army Corps of Engineers has turned down all requests solely on the premise of lead paint in the mural. It's on that claim alone, the Corps has now resolved to strip off the mural in the next few months. With the Corps failure to put a vintage restoration plan in place, the Mural could be lost forever or even replaced by a different design. The 10,000 Inspirational comments left here by petitioners along with the resolutions that were passed in support by the five cities that surround the mural, leave no doubt that the public wants the mural preserved as a living part of our communities life, development and to benefit that of present and future generations.
This is why, original Mural Artist and creator Ron Kammeyer has teamedup with the Mural Conservancy of L.A. to stop the destruction. Since 2012, the Mural Conservancy has been restoring the famed 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals in downtown Los Angeles. Those Murals were covered in heavy graffiti, but are now almost fully restored. The group believes that compared to other projects, the Bicentennial Mural is child's play . Both Kammeyer and the Mural Conservancy are being represented by Eric Bjorgum of Karish & Bjorgum PC in Pasadena, California.
Please sign the petition below to show your support for the restoration of the current Bicentennial mural.
- Ken Calvert Communications Director
Rep. Ken Calvert
- Army Corps Of Engineers Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Army Corps Of Engineers (Army Corps Of Engineers Senior Public Affairs Specialist)
We the Petitioners respectfully request the Army Corps Of Engineers to accept this proposal to coordinate an independent vintage restoration of the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural. This will be In the tradition of it's original 1976 volunteers. As the Army Corps Of Engineers has stated over the last 20 years, the only thing stopping this symbol of inspiration and patriotism from being repainted has been the issue of lead in the paint. Where as now there is a system in place to pacify the lead, we hold the Corps to their historical commitment to restoration. We look forward to working with the Corps and Representative Calvert on all matters of • Fundraising • paint • anti graffiti coating • colors used • materials • and a mechanism in place for future repairs.
The outpouring of support from the public, to protect the mural is a testament to Corona Public High School students unprecedented contribution of 1976. By you signing the petition we can honor that contribution by saving the Mural and placing their names along with present day volunteers and petitioners (with their permission) in a Time Capsule placed at the Mural site, to be opened for the Countries Tricentennial, for all future generations to bear witness.
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