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New Murals Grace Beach Cities

June 27, 2008

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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