African American Firefighters Museum Art Project
Our goal is to create public art that honors the 100 year history
of the African American Firefighter in Los Angeles, installed at
the African American Firefighters Museum located on historical Central
Avenue corridor. The public art project includes a 30"h
x 22"w x 20"d bronze bust of Arnett L. Hartsfield, a local
black firefighter, on the forefront of integrating Los Angeles fire
stations in the 1950's. The bronze installation will be created
by Artis Lane, renowned sculptor, known for her ability to capture
the essence of historical figures in her work. Additionally, a mural
will be created for the eastern exterior wall of the African American
As a crucial part of CACLA's three pronged approach
to bringing public art to a community is to prepare the community
and/or building, in this case, to receive the art. We accomplished
that by beautifying the building and courtyard garden at the museum.
By doing we enhanced the building facade and grounds, thus transforming
the entire project.
Entitled “Circa 1912" on the eastern exterior wall on
Central Avenue will depict two full uniformed black firefighters
from the turn of the 20th Century in Los Angeles. “Circa
1912" can be viewed from the heavily traveled Central Avenue
between 15th Street to the south and 14th Street to the north. The
11' x 15' “Circa 1912" mural will be installed on a 16'
x 20' section of the southern corner of the east wall. The
public has accessibility to the highly visible “Circa 1912"
Acrylic mural will be painted using mineral spirits, which is best
suited to combat the direct sunlight conditions of the museum. Additionally,
the mural will be painted on weather resistant poly mesh applied
using Nova Gel adhesive. Varnish will then be applied followed
by a final anti-graffiti coating.