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More Chicano Park area photos.

All the photos I shared on my other Chicano Park post were taken on the Northeast side of National Ave.

These photos were taken on the Southwest side of National Ave.

These first 3 are of a beautiful mural on the side of a building on the corner of National and Dewey.




I’m not sure if the murals on this side of National are considered part of the “official” Chicano Park murals or not, but I found them to be very striking and powerful so wanted to include them.

This one states “As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of death, I fear no evil. Porque soy Chicano! (Because I am Chicano).


Here are two murals featuring faces.



There is a lovely sculpture featured in this fountain.


At the west end of this area, at the corner of Newton and Dewey, there is a skate lane. One of the guys skating started talking to me and I told him about riding the first skateboards that came out, just a board on top of metal roller skate wheels.  I got that board while on vacation in San Diego as a kid. He offered to let me try his board but I felt too shy so didn’t take him up on it. You can see him in the distance in the skate lane photo. I watched the skaters for awhile and enjoyed seeing them ride up ramps and walls and put it all together in such a fluid and fearless motion.  Perhaps I’ll get another board at some point and learn again how to ride it.

Here’s a photo of the skate lane and also two murals representing skaters.




Here are a couple wrap around murals.



The Aztec theme is prevalent in the park murals.




And finally…..even the utility box was colorful!  Here are two sides of it.



The upcoming 46th annual Chicano Park Celebration will take place on April 23, 2016.  Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Come check out Chicano park for yourself…bring a picnic, a skate board, or energy for swinging on the swings and playing on the play equipment….or just walk around and admire all the beautiful art.


Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA

Hello All!  A few weeks ago, I finally made it to Chicano Park. I had read about it in another wordpress blog, Cool San Diego Sights. The art work fascinated me.  I love art so wanted to see the outdoor murals but also since I grew up in Southern AZ, I’ve always been close to the Latino community.  I worked with Central American Refuges starting in 1986 and ending in near the end of 1997, so am sensitive to the plight of immigrants, and had been since childhood.
I hope that all who visit the area can check out this beautiful art work and feel all the dedication behind it.  The park has quite the history.  It arose out of the invasion of industry that took over Barrio Logan and ended with the San Diego Coronado bridge being built in the middle of the Barrio, leaving gigantic concrete support pylons and on ramps in its wake.  This is a great website that talks about the history, has photos of the various murals, more information and other links to go to as well.
The park is now 7.9 acres and includes a skate park, playgrounds, picnic tables, various community buildings and the largest outdoor mural collection in the country.  On April 22nd every year, Chicano Park day is celebrated to commemorate the day the militant, but non-violent, people’s land take over that led to the city and state finally agreeing to let the community make something beautiful where this concrete monster had taken over their Barrio.
I took many photos so this subject will take two posts!
The first photo states “All the Way to the Bay”.   The Barrio used to extend all the way to the bay but then the bay was taken over by the Navy and defense industries.


This mural states ” Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love” Che Guveara.


The next two photos are part of the same structure.
This mural is titled “The Undocumented Worker”.  At the base it states : “A contemporary story through symbolism. Read the painting from the bottom to the top.  I. The immigration helicopters looking for the undocumented worker who is already a part of the landscape.  People are caught and put in boxes on display. II. The road and the fence. Two realities of movement: To be caught and eaten by the border guards (monsters) or to fall from the sun’s heat like Icarus. III. After crossing the border we possess two hearts. One on fire for the homeland. The other of water for the river. We are bodies without faces. Monsters and disaster follow us through the mountains. Our struggle turns to flames.  IV.  Change is not a dream. We can leap over history and monsters. Not even the stars are out of reach. V.  Barrios, walls and fences must be moved. Must be broken down. Between countries. Between people. Between neighborhoods.”



Throughout the park there are images that reflect all the cultures that make up the Chicano culture.


This next mural states ” The V in Barrio symbolizes victory over environmental conditions. ! Varrio Si Yonkes No! (yonkes is the word for junkyards, as junkyards took over the Barrio along with other industrialization) Represents the intent of our community to take back our environment from industry.  With the uplifting of the Barrio, the people as well must be uplifted, or the Renaissance is not complete.  Los Vatos Al Varrio.
This mural states it was painted in 1977 and gives the list of artists.


This is another mural that shows the struggle of the immigrant worker and the fight for justice.  In the background you can see the Strength Thru Unity mural.


This next mural states: “Ya Basta!  The schools are not teaching us.  Over 50% of us Chicanos are pushed out of school.  If we want to make it, we have to surrender our language.  They want to make us coconuts – brown on the outside and white on the inside.”


Here’s  a very colorful one….Parque Chicano.


The next one is a San Diego Community Project. It was created on 4-23-93 the day that Cesar Chavez died.  On the cross beams it states “Para Raza” and “Humana/Paz” and “Justica” and lastly ” We are not a minority”.  The mural also honors Chicano Park artist Roger Lucero 1953-1992. I took photos of two of the other sides and the cross beams.  One states “Stop the Violence”.




This next mural was done by Lowell muralists on April 22, 1983.


I’m not sure what group this next mural is depicting.  The link above leads to a full description of each mural and its artists.


And lastly,  I’ll share the “Hasta La Bahia” mural.


Here is a statue of General Emiliano Zapata, 8/8/1879 – 4/10/1919, who was instrumental in the Mexican Revolution.


Hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. While there I was walking around just wowed by the artists and the beauty they created within a mass of concrete.  I hope you get a chance to come check it out yourself. There are many more murals. I’ll be back with more photos!







Mingei Museum – Craft Exhibit

Weeks ago,  I went to the Mingei Museum, at Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. They had this wonderful display entitled ” Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States.”.  It was a wonderful display and I have some photos to share with you.  Please come check it out if you are in the area.  February is 1/2 off museum month and you can pick up a pass at any Macy’s store during the month of Feb..

I also went to the Museum of Art and loved their “The Art of Music” exhibit.

Here are some photos I took:

The first one is a “Signature Quilt”.


Here is a close up view. I thought perhaps each person had signed the quilt piece and then the signature was embroidered, but then realized that the penmanship was the same for all the signatures.


The next quilt is another signature quilt.



The third quilt is another signature quilt made by Elizabeth Dorks Nettle in 1891.



Next is a photo of an Oglala Lakota Beaded Vest made in 1928 at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  And a beaded cradle board made by Todd Yellow Cloud in 1993, at Pine Ridge.


This lovely Navajo Yei’s Vessel was made by Mary Holiday Black, in 2007, in Monument Valley.


This is a Navajo rug made in 1910-1920, “Corn with Birds.” The Dough bowl is a late 20th century beauty made at the Santa Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. 


This is just a small sampling of this extensive exhibit, plus, there are several other exhibits at the museum, so come check it out.







Tecoloate Canyon Natural Park

The last couple weeks I’ve gone over to Tecolote Canyon to hike.  There are several places to enter this park and I came in via Tecolote Rd.  There is a parking area and a Nature Center there.  Inside there are some live snakes, many displays about snakes, vegetation, trees, rocks, the geological make up and history of the canyon and much more.  There is a classroom there that offers classes as well as various events that happen there such as birding walks and other activities,  and workshops, even yoga classes.   It is located at 5180 Tecolote Rd., San Diego, CA, 92110. You can contact the center by calling 858-581-9959. Here is the link to the trails :



It is a narrow coastal canyon, named for the many varieties of Owls that live there. It was dedicated on April 1, 1978.  Historically, the Kumeyaay Indians lived there.  There are 6.5 miles of trails for jogging, walking, and mountain biking. There is a garden behind the Nature Center, too. There are entrances off of Claremont Mesa Blvd., Genesse Ave. Mt. Etna Dr., Boyd Ave., and Tecolote Rd.

There are 2 main trails, one is mostly flat for quite awhile and is a dirt and gravel road that turns into mostly dirt and sometimes sand.  This trail ends up running along next to the Golf course before it heads up and down hills. The other trail is quickly off to the right and called the Battle trail. I preferred this one as it is up and down and windy and more through trees and taller vegetation, closer to the side of the canyon.    There are a couple trails that connect the two and a couple access points. The Battle trail joins the main trail as you head more east and north.  Along the way there are other trails that lead up to the top of the canyon walls.  At times you see houses on the hills and other times, especially on the Battle Trail, it feels like you are more out in nature.

Here are some photos of the main trail:


This is the California Bush Sunflower

2016-02-14-13.55.21.jpg.jpgThis is a Lemonade Berry Bush which can grow up to 10 feet tall. The Natives made a lemonade out of the berries.


Lovely old tree


On the trail side of the fence you’ll see California Sage Brush


This is a tall old Eucalyptus tree


The Immaculta Parish at the University of San Diego is up on the hill.


The Golf Course along side the trail.


Trail that goes up to the Linda Vista area.


On one hike I walked on the main path then turned around and walked back to catch the Battle Trail at its Northeast entrance.  



I took this amazing photo where this green light stream showed up in the photo. It didn’t show up in any other photos so I don’t think it has to do with my phone camera, or some reflection, as it goes the entire length of the canyon wall.  Here are two photos, one the main photo and a close up, both without any manipulation or touch up from me. So if you have any ideas what it is let me know in the comment below….energy vortex?  energy stream?  ?????


I forget the name of these rock balancing sculptures.


Freeway Iceberg


 Not sure what these plants are so if you know, let me know.


Another trail view.


This is the trail head for the Battle Trail that starts just after you pass the beginning part of the gravel/dirt road main trail that goes next to the enclosed garden behind the nature center.

So if you are in the area, come check it out. You can walk for 40 min, or hours, your choice!


May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden, Balboa Park

A couple weeks ago I finally checked out the Sculpture garden at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

There are five pieces there.

The first is called AIM, and was done by Alexander Liberman


The next piece is called CUBI XV by David Smith.


The next piece is called TWO LINES OBLIQUE by George Rickey. This one has two arms that move.


The next one is called FIGURE FOR LANDSCAPE by Barbara Hepworth.


And lastly is RECLINING FIGURE: ARCH LEG by Henry Moore.


This is a small garden and small gathering of sculptures but well worth your time if you’re in Balboa Park.

Come see the beauty!

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