Sad News: RIP Lynne Seemayer

Sad to report the passing of Lynne Westmore Bloom (nee Seemayer), the artist who painted the famous Pink Lady of Malibu over a Malibu Canyon Road tunnel back in 1966. (A previous post on this blog goes into more detail on my obsession with this famous piece of guerilla art.) I’ve been researching the Pink Lady story for years and always wanted to meet the brave, crazy woman who painted her, but alas.

Every time I drive Malibu canyon, I make sure to look up and check on the Lady. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but her outline seems to become more distinct as time goes by, seemingly reemerging from beneath the shroud of beige paint that was used to cover her up. It’s as if the spirit of the Lady is trying to say, “I’m still here!” If it was up to me, the Pink Lady would be completely restored and declared a state monument. Malibu’s own Mt. Rushmore! Rest in peace, Lynne Seemayer.

Here’s an obituary for Lynne from the Los Angeles Times:

Late Breaking: And some cool local news regarding a tribute that was paid to Lynne recently by projecting the image of the Lady on the original rock face! Sadly, I did not know it was happening and missed it:



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