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David Hockney’s Famed Pool Mural Will Undergo an Exciting Restoration

The iconic Hollywood Roosevelt pool mural by David Hockney is undergoing an exciting restoration project beginning on February 25th which will render the pool unavailable for guest use during the work.

Originally completed in 1988, a team of professional art conservators from the Los Angeles-based RLA Conservation will be carefully restoring Hockney’s iconic pool mural to be enjoyed for decades to come. Both the hotel and the Tropicana Pool have been designated Historic-Cultural Monuments by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, which recognizes and protects the city’s most cherished and significant historical resources.

Considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, David Hockney is famed for his contributions to the pop art movement of the 1960’s and has made numerous contributions to the art landscape over the decades, working in painting, drafting, photography, printing and even stage designing and iPad drawing programs. Legend has it that Mr. Hockney came to The Hollywood Roosevelt one beautiful morning in 1988 with a can of blue paint and a 6” paint brush tied to a broom handle. Over the span of about four hours working at the bottom of the empty pool, he covered it with his signature circular brush strokes. Once the pool was refilled, the art seemingly came to life when the water was disturbed, weaving and dancing under the sunny Los Angeles sky.

We invite you to view the restoration as it happens from the designated viewing areas around the pool. For sun seekers, our rooftop will be transformed into a sun lounge with comfortable chairs and amenities, along with an incredible view of Los Angeles.


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