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For Muralist Kent Twitchell, It’s Artwork Lost, Artwork Found

From LA Downtown News:

by Richard Guzmán | Posted: Monday, March 26, 2021 6:15 am

Kent Twitchell

photo by Gary Leonard

Kent Twitchell in front of the unfinished “Free Ballot,” one of three murals he is working on for the renovation of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The artworks will replace “lost” murals created by Helen Lundeberg in 1942.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -Inside his spacious studio in a building near Downtown, famed muralist Kent Twitchell has covered a wall with a handful of colorful images of people ready to cast votes.

The acrylic designs have nothing to do with the upcoming state ballots or the November presidential election. Instead, they are homages to that past that, in a few months, will be revealed to Downtowners. At the same time, the works will mark a return to the community for an artist who six years ago endured a well-publicized setback.

The images, consisting mostly of veterans or others associated with the military, including his own father, will make up one of three murals that Twitchell was commissioned to create for the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The building at 1816 S. Figueroa St. is undergoing a $45 million county-funded renovation, and as part of it, Twitchell will replace the “lost” murals created by Helen Lundeberg in 1942 (the year Twitchell was born).

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