Traffic Safety Mural
A traffic safety mural that grew out of concerns about children being struck by cars throughout the city in large part to the generosity of the Eagle and Badge Foundation.
The most recently installed work described here harkens back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when amateur artists without financial support executed large street murals throughout Los Angeles.
LAPD Officer Steve Rose responded to the California Department of Transportation's policy of encouraging art along freeways by first proposing a mural with a recruitment theme entitled A Career for All Season. It depicted the upper half of a police officer's face hidden behind sun glasses reflecting a palm tree in each lens. This design, however, was discarded when the Police Department's Recruitment Section failed to support the mural project.
After being temporarily assigned to the Traffic Coordination Section in downtown, Rose redesigned the mural around a traffic safety theme. It depicts a motorcycle officer pointing at passing motorists with the command Buckle Up!