After four decades, even murals painted with the heated passion of a revolution will start to deteriorate and chip, their tint fading as thousands of cars thunder overhead every day on the Interstate 5 and Coronado bridge freeways.
But there’s some new color gleaming from the freeway columns in Chicano Park.
We spent part of last week hanging out with some of the park’s original muralists, who’ve returned to bring vibrancy to the park again. Here’s a video we put together with NBC 7 San Diego:
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Beginning last summer, artists have been descending again from around the country on the park that bears the work of their youth. Older now, they’ve cobbled together teams of their children and friends to help climb scaffolding and paint hard-to-reach corners. Eighteen murals will get this revitalizing touch by next summer.
Last week the scaffolding came down from the eighth mural to get some new color, painted by the very same artist who instigated it in 1975. Artist Juanishi Orosco from Sacramento worked with a team of painters to infuse new color and vibrancy into his “In Lak Esh” mural on one side of a freeway column over the past several months.
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If you've never seen this art, it's easy to get there -- just south of the behemoth Convention Center off Harbor Drive.