Robb Fulcher

Historical mural is unveiled

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A tarp is lowered to reveal Hermosa’s latest outdoor mural. Photo by Robb Fulcher

Civic leaders, artists and others crowded onto a spacious third-floor rooftop to watch Saturday’s formal unveiling of a 52-foot long, 14-foot high mural depicting a 1909 Hermosa landscape, painted along the eastern wall of New Orleans Café on Pier Avenue.

On hand at the afternoon gathering atop the 200 Pier office-retail complex, across Manhattan Avenue from the restaurant, were muralist Chris Coakley and daughter Janet Coakley, 26, who is shown in the mural, pouring out the central image from a paint bucket. Father and daughter are Hermosans.

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Early 1900s Hermosa graces a New Orleans Café wall. Photo by Robb Fulcher

The unveiling ceremony, in which a big blue tarp was lowered to reveal the mural, marked the second of 10 such art installations planned by its sponsor, the nonprofit Hermosa Beach Murals Project.

The first of the Murals Project installations, painted by Art Mortimer on a north-facing wall of the downtown municipal parking structure, depicts a view of the downtown area in about 1924.

Janet and Chris Coakley

Janet Coakley, 26, the model for the mural’s paint-bucket figure, hangs out with her muralist father Chris Coakley, both of Hermosa, at the formal unveiling. Photo by Robb Fulcher

Coakley’s mural, broadly visible to strollers westbound on Pier Avenue, shows features of bygone Hermosa including the city’s old wooden pier, which stuck out about 500 feet over the ocean, a lumberyard, and a handful of businesses and homes.

For more on the Hermosa Beach Murals Project see ER


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