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Royce Hall Murals Get a Facelift


By Alison Hewitt

Published Jul 30, 2010 9:00 AM


Art conservator and Bruin Tatyana Thompson repairs damage to the original 1920s murals in the Royce Hall porticos.


Learning and Philosophy are getting makeovers.

If you walk past Royce Hall, you might be able to watch the process. Murals from 1929, dating back to Royce Hall's construction and depicting historic figures from the fields of philosophy and education, are showing their age.

The murals fill the ceiling of the Royce Hall portico between the three main archways and the two adjoining vaulted ceilings. Over the years, exposure to the elements has weathered the artwork, said Tatyana Thompson '75, an art conservator and former Bruin.

Facilities Management brought in her Santa Monica-based firm to complete the restoration. So 35 years after graduating from a UCLA with a degree in art history, Thompson finds herself balancing atop scaffolding, dabbing paint into the empty patches of the cracked mural.

Read the complete article from UCLA Today: Art conservator restores Royce's original mural to former glory