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Building Community

Artist
Robin Strayhorn
Year
2009
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Ceramic, grout
Dimensions
7 ft. 2 in.x 5 ft. 8 in.x 5 ft. 8 in.* (2.2 x 1.7 x 1.7 m)
Department
Parks and Recreation
Location
Ted Watkins Memorial Park
1335 East 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
District
2
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Location

Latitude: -118.251864 - Longitude: 33.944743
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Description

Located in the heart of South Los Angeles, Ted Watkins Memorial Park was renamed in 1995 to honor Ted Watkins, the founder of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). Robin Strayhorn’s mosaic tile mural on the park’s flagpole is a memorial to Ted Watkins and his commitment to the Watts community. The other panels on the flag pole depict colorful images of garden tools which are symbolic of the Watts community’s constant growth.

About the Artist

Robin Strayhorn, who lives in downtown Los Angeles, graduated from UCLA and taught at Markham Middle School in Watts for several years.  Strayhorn has completed public art commissions for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, MTA Metro Art, and the Ontario International Airport. Her work is characterized by rich, colorful, sometimes abstracted human forms and designs rendered in ceramic tile. She is recognized for involving community members in her projects.