Art, California, Chicano Park, Latino, Mexican Americans, Murals, San Diego, Street Art, Travel
As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently spent some time in San Diego. Whenever I get down to civilization, I tend to look for street art. San Diego had plenty of it. One location in particular stands out, Chicano Park. Many of the murals express explicit historical commentary, a fact all the more significant in light of the history of the park itself. It is the product of local unrest, a local community outraged at a series of developments diminishing the quality of life for its residents. The community had been separated from the waterfront by Naval installations, bisected by freeways and zoned in a manner hardly conducive to residential living. Plans to develop a highway patrol station seem to have been the final straw. It took an occupation to create the park as it presently exists.
And more of course!
Honestly, the stories I found here are a bit beyond me. So, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. That, and perhaps a link or two.
(click to embiggen)
A few more from around the neighborhood.
And some small pieces in the area.
There’s so much to your post. The amazing art, the intolerable way non-white are treated, the resilience of the community…on and on. Thanks for sharing!
Don of Time 🇨🇦🇺🇦 (@DonGibsons) said:
There’s no such word as “embiggen”. It’s emjumboize…jeez, eh!
Great series of pictures, Daniel. Each one deserves some browsing time.
I really must embrace this new vocabulary item.
It’s ENLARGE! PS wonderful pictures, the color is very bright. Handrawn art like this is lovely, especially graffiti artists who are serious about their work. PPS are you a history teacher or anything like that?
PPPS “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.”
PPPPS thanks for liking “slavery” blog post. I thought it was particularly strong, but then I like everything I write.
JT Twissel said:
How fun – I go to San Diego often. Hopefully next time we can make it to this park.
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One of the treasures of the American southwest is connecting the people even though the border wall continues to try and separate a common culture. — kenne
Wow! Those paintings are spectacular. Loved them
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