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After 15 days of painting in the Sylmar heat, a team of seven artists have finished the mural “A Valley in Time” in celebration of the community.

The team of local muralists led by Erica Friend completed the project located on San Fernando Road and Roxford Street on Monday, April 4. The team is comprised of Levi Ponce, Juan Pablo Reyes of JP Murals, Javier Lopez of Versus, Ray Valencia of MuteOne, Rah Azul and Desiree Sanchez of Desiboo Creations. 

The 289-feet long and 30-feet high mural is the second largest above ground mural in the San Fernando Valley.

The planning of it had been two years in the making. Friend said that the weather had hampered progress somewhat, but is happy her team completed the mural on time.

“I feel great about finishing it,” Friend said. “I was kind of worried because of the rain [last Monday], but it worked out.”

The mural represents several facets of the community, such as the Sylmar Hang Gliding Association, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, orange trees and Zeus the owl from the Wildlife Learning Center. It also juxtaposes Sylmar’s agricultural past with a modern day look at the paved roads and power lines of the Northeast Valley community.

“The whole point of the mural was to make it for Sylmar,” Friend said.

“It’s not for me, it’s not for the artists, this is for Sylmar. When people pass by, I hope they can connect with it in some way, whether it be the old generation or the newer generation. They both have their side.”

The public unveiling will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at 8 a.m. LA Councilmember Monica Rodriguez is scheduled to attend and the street will be blocked off.