A large mural called “Valley of Time” was unveiled today on San Fernando Road and Roxford Street in Sylmar.
Congresswoman Monica Rodriguez, who commissioned the mural, said in March that it “transformed a highly visible space from an obnoxious and blighted place into a celebrated work of art,” Thelma’s uniqueness was captured through the eyes of local muralist Erica Friend.”
A friend led a team of local artists to design the mural, which depicts Thelma’s agricultural past in three-point perspective, with farmland on one side, while the current state of the neighborhood – depicted by paved, palm-lined streets – on the other. aside. The mural also shows the phases of the moon, the sun shining on the mountains, and local landmarks such as the Los Angeles Aqueduct System, hiking trails, hang gliders representing the Sylmar Hang Gliding Association, and figures representing the Sylmar equestrian community. The mural also pays homage to the Tataviam tribe.
“I’m proud to break new ground by securing the design and delivery of the largest, record-breaking mural in the San Fernando Valley by a female-led team,” Rodriguez said as the artist began work on March 14.
The 289-foot-long, 30-foot-tall mural was painted on the back wall of the third-hand company, which Rodriguez’s office called the target of “endless graffiti.” She hopes the mural will deter vandalism and illuminate the San Fernando Way corridor.
Friend’s team consists of Levi Ponce, Juan Pablo Reyes of JP Murals, Javier Lopez of Versus, Ray Valencia of MuteOne, Rah Azul and Desiree Sanchez of Desiboo Creations.
The project is managed by the public arts nonprofit 11:11. “11:11 Projects is delighted to be the project leader and manager of this memorial wall. As a Sylmar resident, I’m excited to work with some of the most talented SFV Valley muralists to beautify and revitalize our community,” 11:11 Addy Gonzalez Renteria, co-executive director of Projects, in action. “This project is led by women and supported by Congresswoman Rodriguez and lead artist Erica Friend, and we hope this beautiful mural will bring pride to our community.”