Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

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245 N Soto St. Los Angeles, CA 90033. (click to view)

17' X 80' ft
Description / Interpretation: 

East Los Streetscapers: (David Botello, Wayne Healy, George Yepes. Assisted by Paul Botello, David Morin, and Ismael Cazarez) A corrido is a traditional, ballad-style Mexican song. In this mural, local musician Margarito Gutierrez (descendent of mariachi Vargas de Teclitlan) is playing his vurtuoso fiddle while Il Piporro plays accordian. Joe Alaniz (1933-1967) tears himself away from his shrimp and garlic to enjoy the music, and a newlywed couple dances. This mural is at least the third to occupy this same wall. Around 1974 Frank Romero covered 200 sq. ft. with a whimsical spraycan heart. In 1978 the Citywide Mural Project brought together several artists to paint Our People (70' x 16'). Among those involved were John Valadez, Barbara Carrasco, Glenna Boltuch (Avila), Carlos Callejo, Leo Limón, George Yepes, and Rod Sakai. In the early 1980s that mural was destroyed when new earthquake codes required Payless Shoes to add steel H-beams and make other improvements to its unreinforced masonry building. Restored by MCLA in 1990. Photo: © Robin Dunitz | Photo © David Botello (3-5)