Pictured: Muralist paints colorful dreamscape in Old Pasadena alley

 
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Graffiti-style artist Guy Ellis recently put the finishing touches on a 250-foot-long, 20-foot-high mural that’s bringing more than a spot of color to the back of Idealab’s building in Christensen Alley.
The “Dream to Reality” mural, which took about a month to complete, is a collaboration between ArtStorm, tech incubator Idealab and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Emerge program for up-and-coming artists. ArtStorm is an organization that encourages youth to create aerosol art in a legal, non-destructive way.
Star-News reporter Janette Williams will have a story on the mural in Saturday’s paper.
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Solvent solutions: Restoring — or removing — graffiti-covered trail markers on historic Cobb Estate

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The Sunday Star-News featured a front-page report by Janette Williams on the unsightly condition of interpretive trail markers on the Cobb Estate at the north end of Lake Avenue.

The Pasadena Audubon Society installed the signs about 18 months ago, and they’re already plastered in graffiti — so much as to be completely unreadable.

Above and at right are some of the images that didn’t run in Sunday’s newspaper.

As you can see, the graffiti extends beyond just the trail markers.

A local resident is spearheading the effort to eliminate the eyesores, but finding a solution for the marred signs hasn’t been a simple process:

For nearly a year, Sarah Keever has been trying to
find a clean-up solution, contacting both the Pasadena Audubon Society,
which installed the interpretive signs, and the U.S. Forest Service,
which was deeded the estate site by the Altadena community in the early
1970s.

If one of the groups — or any willing group, for that matter — decides to buck up and take responsibility for the signage, we hear Easy-Off can work miracles.

You might want to order in bulk.

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)