In 1969, the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad painted a public mural in Venice on the corner of Brooks and Pacific known as the Brooks Avenue Painting, a photo-realistic painting of the street as it looked at the time. The mural became a famous landmark in the city and was even used as the backdrop of a popular photograph of The Doors.
Last summer, the building owner Ralph Ziman had the mural water blasted off of the wall and hired another artist to repaint it. LA Fine Arts Squad co-founder Victor Henderson has filed a lawsuit that says Ziman failed to give them the 90-day advance notice required by law before the original mural was destroyed. According to the LA Times, Henderson is seeking "damages and increased awareness about mural conservation" and his lawsuit claims that the mural could have been safely removed from the wall without being destroyed.