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Downtown LA's brilliant, Anthony Quinn mural gets a makeover

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/24/2017 By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press
Muralist Eloy Torrez poses for a photo in front of his renovated 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, titled "Pope of Broadway," downtown Los Angeles. The prominent Chicano artist was among some 100 people to gather Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, under the work he spent nearly four months restoring last year. Torrez first put Quinn on a wall of downtown's venerable Victor Clothing Company building in 1985. City officials, actor Edward James Olmos, members of Quinn's family and others spent seven years raising funds and cutting through red tape to get Torrez the ok to repair it.(AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press Muralist Eloy Torrez poses for a photo in front of his renovated 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, titled "Pope of Broadway," downtown Los Angeles. The prominent Chicano artist was among some 100 people to gather Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, under the work he spent nearly four months restoring last year. Torrez first put Quinn on a wall of downtown's venerable Victor Clothing Company building in 1985. City officials, actor Edward James Olmos, members of Quinn's family and others spent seven years raising funds and cutting through red tape to get Torrez the ok to repair it.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Pope of Broadway," artist Eloy Torrez's brilliant 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, has visitors to downtown Los Angeles stopping to once again to stare in wonder.

Muralist Eloy Torrez poses for a photo in front of his renovated 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, titled "Pope of Broadway," downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The prominent Chicano artist was among some 100 people to gather Tuesday under the work he spent nearly four months restoring last year. Torrez first put Quinn on a wall of downtown's venerable Victor Clothing Company building in 1985. City officials, actor Edward James Olmos, members of Quinn's family and others spent seven years raising funds and cutting through red tape to get Torrez the ok to repair it.(AP Photo/Nick Ut) © The Associated Press Muralist Eloy Torrez poses for a photo in front of his renovated 70-foot-tall mural of Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn, titled "Pope of Broadway," downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The prominent Chicano artist was among some 100 people to gather Tuesday under the work he spent nearly four months restoring last year. Torrez first put Quinn on a wall of downtown's venerable Victor Clothing Company building in 1985. City officials, actor Edward James Olmos, members of Quinn's family and others spent seven years raising funds and cutting through red tape to get Torrez the ok to repair it.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The prominent Chicano artist was among some 100 people to gather Tuesday under the work he spent nearly four months restoring.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk by a fading mural of a 70-foot-tall depiction of two-time Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn off Broadway Blvd., downtown Los Angeles. "The Pope of Broadway," by artist Eloy Torrez's brilliant 70-foot-tall mural renovation was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, after Torrez spent nearly four months restoring it. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk by a fading mural of a 70-foot-tall depiction of two-time Oscar-winning actor Anthony Quinn off Broadway Blvd., downtown Los Angeles. "The Pope of Broadway," by artist Eloy Torrez's brilliant 70-foot-tall mural renovation was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, after Torrez spent nearly four months restoring it. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Torrez first put Quinn on a wall of downtown's venerable Victor Clothing Company building in 1985.

It had become weathered by the elements and damaged by graffiti vandals over the years.

City officials, actor Edward James Olmos, members of Quinn's family and others spent seven years raising funds and cutting through red tape to get Torrez the OK to repair it.

The artist says it was a joy to relive the days when he first painted the work.

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