Following an intricate maintenance effort last week, the artwork City of Dreams/River of History, a mural by Los Angeles based artist Richard Wyatt, has returned to its original luster.
City of Dreams is part of an art grouping in Union Station’s East Portal that was installed in 1996. To keep it looking bright and new, specialized Metro Art staff perched high above the mural (with proper safety equipment, of course) used compressed air and 30-foot-long poles outfitted with soft lambs wool to delicately dust the surface.
Commuters and visitors to Union Station will continue to be greeted by these ten outstanding — now refreshed — faces, representing Native Americans and settlers of the LA basin, as well as contemporary Angelenos.
Metro Art staff oversaw a major cleaning and varnishing effort by art conservators in 2004.
To learn more about the other artworks accompanying City of Dreams, including a 7,500-gallon aquarium, river bench and artifact mound containing artifacts excavated from the original Chinatown, go here.
View more images of the mural below: