LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The National Wildlife Federation’s #SaveLACougars campaign and 3rd Rock Hip-Hop announced Monday they are installing a nature-inspired mural in Watts that will feature the famous mountain lion, P-22.
The mural will live at the corner of Compton Avenue and Century Boulevard and is expected to be completed sometime next week.READ MORE: Actor Ricky Schroder Argues With Costco Employee About Mask Confusion
P-22 received notoriety after making the seemingly impossible 50-mile-trip from the Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park, crossing both the 101 and 405 freeways.
The public art project reflects the #SaveLACougars campaign’s continued commitment to engage people of all ages and from all over the greater Los Angeles area, organizers said.
#SaveLACougars ultimately aims to build a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon.
The mural will be painted by artist Jonathan Martinez, who first teamed with the #SaveLACougars campaign last year when he completed a large-scale mural for the students, teachers and families at Esperanza Elementary in Los Angeles.
“The National Wildlife Federation is deepening our commitment to Watts,” said National Wildlife Federation California Regional Executive Director Beth Pratt. “We want to empower members of the Watts community of all ages to strengthen and celebrate their relationship with the wild world and have partnered with incredible local groups like 3rd Rock Hip Hop on programs like Wildlife 2 Watts, upcoming butterfly habitat gardens, and now the first of many community designed wildlife-themed murals we hope to install.”READ MORE: Pursuit And Standoff Ends In Riverside With One Suspect Under Arrest
3rd Rock Hip Hop is an L.A.-based organization that uses the arts to teach children about the importance of taking care of the environment.
Its spokesman, Warren Dickinson, said it has been a partner of the #SaveLACougars campaign in a number of grassroots, community-outreach efforts.
“We’re very proud to help bring this colorful mural to our kids and families because we believe that our local mountain lions are struggling to survive — much like our community struggles against systemic oppression every day,” Dickinson said.
Children in the community chose monarch butterflies to be incorporated in the mural.
“Kids from this community chose to have butterflies surround our beloved P-22 mountain lion,” said Rhonda Phillips, also representing 3rd Rock Hip Hop. “The monarch butterfly is a symbol for change, hope, and endurance — and everyone who is helping to bring this mural to life wants it to remind everyone who sees it to always go after their dreams and to stay inspired.”
More about the #SaveLACougars campaign can be found at savelacougars.org.MORE NEWS: Mandatory Evacuations And Warnings Remain For Palisades Fire; Investigators Continue Search For Suspected Arsonist
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