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January 30, 2017: Murals Brighten Children’s Waiting Room

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New friendly faces greet children when they come to the District Attorney’s Office: a Stone Age panda bear, a zebra from ancient Egypt, a monkey pirate, a dancing giraffe, a hound from the Roaring ‘20s and an elephant scientist.

These are some of the characters that decorate the office’s children’s waiting room on the ninth floor of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles. 

The waiting room provides a small oasis for children. The room, adjacent to the office’s Family Violence and Sex Crimes divisions, is filled with games and books. There is a television with a collection of DVDs of children’s shows and movies. 

To brighten the room, colorful murals were installed in December. The murals present a whimsical journey through time, starting with some playful dinosaurs, moving through ancient Egypt and up to the Space Age.  

The murals were created by Jose Heredia, one of the office’s graphic artists. His creations were printed on vinyl sheets that were applied to the walls. 

“The children’s room is a very important place in the District Attorney’s Office,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “It gives children a chance to relax, play and be kids.” 

“The murals are a welcome addition to the room, cheering and entertaining children while they and their families are at our office,” she added. 

Watch the video here.