June 27, 2008
New Murals Grace Beach Cities
Cyclists cruising the beachfront bike path today will come across a new mural at the Redondo-Hermosa Beach border.
Painted by Redondo artist Karin Civit Johnson and her husband, Don Johnson, the panorama of landmarks hangs from a wall that steers cyclists away from the shoreline and onto Harbor Drive.
Local leaders have long talked about tearing down the wall and providing a more direct route for cyclists headed into Redondo Beach, or even shortening it for a better view. But with those plans undecided, a group of volunteers solicited donations for a beautification project.
With $14,000 from businesses and local organizations, a committee led by King Harbor leaseholder Sean Guthrie commissioned the Johnsons to paint it.
The couple said they spent four months creating the mural in a racquetball court at the nearby Spectrum Athletic Club, which is one of several businesses appearing in their mural. The 32-foot-long piece painted in industrial acrylics was unveiled Thursday afternoon by Guthrie and Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin.
Kristin S. Agostoni
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