Construction crews and conservationists are a couple of weeks into what’s expected to be a six-week project to remove the tiles that were used to make the 74-foot-long historical mural at the former Port of Long Beach Administrative Building at 925 Harbor Plaza Drive.
Long Beach Heritage and other groups fought for the preservation of the mural that depicts the history of the port, from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s arrival in San Pedro Bay in 1592, to the unloading of a “modern” freighter in 1960. In between are other significant people and events, including local native tribes, the visit by Sir Francis Drake’s vessel The Golden Hinde and the 1911 opening of the port.
In removing the tiles, workers are numbering the pieces for eventual reconstruction of the mural at a location still to be decided. Among suggestions to date are the new civic center complex, a location somewhere along the Promenade (site of another significant mural, the 38-foot tall WPA work “Long Beach Recreation”) and Admiral Kidd and other westside parks.
In the meantime, the murals will be stored in crates at a city Public Works yard.
Tim Grobaty is a columnist and the Opinions Editor for the Long Beach Post. You can reach him at 562-714-2116, email [email protected], @grobaty on Twitter and Grobaty on Facebook.
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