Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Update: El Corrido de Boyle Heights

A photographer's eye on . . . El Corrido de Boyle Heights

Michael Sedano

Los Angeles' corner of Soto Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue features one of the city's most treasured murals, "El Corrido de Boyle Heights." The faces dominate the corner in the moments of song and joy captured by painter Wayne Healey and the crew. But there's an ongoing struggle between beauty and the beasts of the hood armed with spray cans.

In my most recent visit to the area, I was overjoyed to see the city has recovered the mural and it sings there, free of defacement.



Here's the mural at the lowest point of 2005. If there are small children in the room, cover their eyes:

Dang, that surface is ugly. Still, the power of that underlying mural bursts out. One might also express gratitude for short taggers.

That's it for the week. See you next time.

mvs

5 comments:

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

They need to stop that shit.

msedano said...

it's been a full month now and only one tag.

http://readraza.com/corrido.htm

Anonymous said...

My professor is the artist...he cleans all of the graffiti himself. He is dedicated to keeping his murals clean for everyone's enjoyment!

Pancho said...

Many of the murals are becoming defaced by new coming so call taggers, was not as before where grafitti artist respected the murals. Back in the 1980s it was to tag the empty grey walls. Now, the new generation are trying to hit it up every single mural and have defaced many in Los Angeles. The new taggers are a bunch of Toys and their grafitti is crap. I wish there was a way for the new taggers to stop defacing the Murals.

Pancho said...

Many of the murals are becoming defaced by new coming so call taggers, was not as before where grafitti artist respected the murals. Back in the 1980s it was to tag the empty grey wall. Now, the new generation are trying to hit it up everywhere and have defaced many of the murals in Los Angeles. The new taggers are a bunch of Toys and their grafitti is crap. I wish there was a way for the new taggers to stop defacing the Murals.