Restoring Community Public Art

TILT (Together Protect The Community)

John Pitman Weber, 1976
2100 W. Division St.

Painted with the neighborhood residents, TILT (as it‘s popularly known) depicts a monumental racially mixed group of people protectively embracing their homes against a background of decorative patterns similar to old-fashioned wallpaper. While smaller figures “build” their community through work and play, others fend off drugs, vandalism, gangs, absentee landlords, real estate speculators, unemployment and freeways – all of which threaten the quality of life. These dark tilted images on the north half are meant to be seen only by the local audience; eastbound traffic on Fullerton sees only the positive harmonious images.

 Before restoration.

Before restoration.

 After John Pitman Weber restored his 1976 mural in 2005.

After John Pitman Weber restored his 1976 mural in 2005.