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Getty Conservation Institute and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 2021

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América Tropical (1932), located in downtown Los Angeles, is the only mural by famed Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros in the United States still in its original location and accessible to the public. This publication is a guide to effective monitoring of the condition of the mural and the mural site, allowing site managers, conservators, contractors, and stewards to make sound, informed decisions for its maintenance and long-term preservation.

The plan provides background, a description of the mural and the site, the conservation history of América Tropical, the objective of monitoring, roles and responsibilities, and the methodology to be followed for annual inspections to be carried out by site personnel. The process for five-year condition assessments, to be undertaken by conservators working with site staff, is also included.

Specific monitoring tools and forms were developed to facilitate the inspection and five-year condition assessments and are reproduced in this publication. This volume also provides a glossary of terms to aid in producing reports using consistent terminology, as well as photodocumentation guidelines, and base maps for graphic documentation.

This publication is an outcome of Conservation of América Tropical, which aims to conserve, protect, and interpret the mural, and to inform conservation of outdoor murals with similar conservation issues.

We have collaborated since 1988 with El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, a department of the City of Los Angeles on a project to conserve, protect, interpret, and provide public access to the mural. As part of the GCI–City of Los Angeles collaborative project, we committed to monitoring and maintenance of the mural for ten years following conservation treatment in 2012.

How to Cite this Work
Getty Conservation Institute, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. 2021. América Tropical Mural Site: Monitoring Plans and Tools. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute; El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.