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The Wall That Speaks, Sings and Shouts

Artist
Paul Botello Gerardo Herrera Adalberto Ortiz Gustave Sanchez
Year
2001
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Acrylic on stucco
Dimensions
25 ft.x 73 ft.* (7.6 x 22.3 m)
Department
Parks and Recreation
Location
Ruben F. Salazar Park
3864 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
District
1
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Location

Latitude: -118.190221 - Longitude: 34.023104
Image: The Wall That Speaks, Sings and Shouts

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Description

Located outside the Ruben F. Salazar Park recreation center, Paul Botello’s mural The Wall That Speaks, Sings, and Shouts is an energetic expression of movement and emotion in brilliant ranges of color. The mural was commissioned by Los Tigres del Norte, a well known Nortena band whose portrait is featured on the left side of the wall. According to Botello, Los Tigres del Norte “write about the struggles and strength of the everyday man and woman, and share my philosophy of speaking out for those with no voice.” Amidst a variety of complex symbols the artist depicts groups of marching men, women, and children who will not be detained by a small detachment of police officers. The park’s namesake, journalist Ruben F. Salazar, is included in a small blue portrait on the right side of the mural.

About the Artist

Paul Botello was introduced to mural painting at an early age by his older brother David, a fellow muralist. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Botello went on to receive his BFA and MFA from California State University, Los Angeles in addition to a certification in industrial drafting and computer-aided design. In 1994 Botello collaborated with Eva Cockcroft on a mural in Berlin, Germany entitled Global Chessboard. Besides adorning buildings throughout East Los Angeles and southern California, his works are held in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum and the Laguna Art Museum.