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Mural of Michael OK’d; assembly starts in Jan.

It appears that the Michael Jackson mural lives again.

The Washington office of the National Park Service yesterday overturned an earlier decision from the agency’s western regional office in San Francisco that had rejected the construction of the mural.

The rejection had been handed down in September, on the grounds that the mural’s size, location and lighting–it is to be built on the side of the historic El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard–would compete with and obscure the historical features and character of the building.

The Hollywood Arts Council appealed to a higher body within the Park Service hierarchy, which has now found that the mural is indeed compatible with the building’s character and with the character of Hollywood’s historic core.

The mural was designed by famed local artist Kent Twitchell.

With an official greenlight, Arts Council board member Oscar Arslanian said the mural’s construction will begin next month.

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