With the Dodgers so close in the playoffs, Angelenos are anticipating for their beloved team to bring home another World Championship!
It was 1988 when the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Oakland Athletics four games to one. It was by far an exciting time in Dodger history, but that was well over twenty years ago it’s time for for another well deserved victory!
I got to thinking what ever happened to the old Dodger Championship Mural that was located next door to The Original Texas BBQ KIng on N Cesar Chavez and Figueroa. I remember always looking and seeing the old faded mural when ever I passed by. Artist Peter Quezada painted the mural in 1988 shortly after the Dodger victory.
Quezada was a self taught artist who grew up in the area, his murals where seen all over Echo Park, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and surrounding areas. Quezada’s work was simple and usually had a messages for the youth preventing drugs or gangs. He also usually would paint his work on abandoned property or old retaining walls much like this one. more about Quezada
The original mural read:Los Angeles Dodgers World Champions on one side(above)
The other side read “Go Dodger Blue” but later the words where replaced with “Adios Fernando, Good Luck Homeboy” that was a shout out to Fernando Valenzuela former LA Dodger pitcher. Unfortunately I could not find hardly any pictures of the entire mural only part of the wall.
It was interesting while doing research to realize the old walls that Quezada painted on where the same walls blogger Daniel Hernandez pointed out. He posted two pictures of the same retaining walls in different decades displaying graffiti of that time. The pictures belonged to a flickr collection by Kid Duce labeled “The Golden Age of Graffiti”
The retaining walls have been abandoned and vandalized so long until 1988 when Quezada painted the mural.
Since then the mural slowly faded, it was again vandalized repeatedly until it was finally white washed and completely alone again.
Most of Quezada’s work has been either buffed away or tagged on, the mural was no exception, I am not sure how long it has been gone but the walls that it was painted on are completely gone as well.
The retaining walls where right across the street from the massive Luxury apartment complex called “Orsini apartments”, they started with phase I around 2003 on Figueroa, phase II was opened around summer 2007 directly across the street from BBQ King and the old walls. The developer recently purchased the land for phase III and will begin construction. BBQ King was bought out and razed earlier this year, they relocated to a new location on the corner of 53rd Vermont Ave.
Walls before BBQ was torn down Here
walls right before they got torn down
it was not until recently that the retaining walls where finally torn down, the hill was also bulldozed and leveled out ready for the “faceless Orsini Phase III luxury apartments”
A few weeks ago another artist by the name of LoveGalo painted a new Dodger mural on Sunset not to far from the original location. It was nice to see the love still there after so long.
more photos on LOVEGALO blog
“Get High on Life” This mural is long gone and vandalized but I like what it says “Drinking and Drugs are not Magic Don’t Do Em”
Chicano Graffiti and Murals The Neighborhood Art of Peter Quezada By Sojin Kim Book Link Jorge Velazquez ( for all the questions I asked him) Galo 2008 Dodger Pictures Not to go all over the place with this post but I found this excerpt from Quezada’s book interesting since there has been debate about this recently. 1994
click to read GOOD LUCK TODAY DODGERS!!