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Tree of Knowledge (aka Read)

Artist
Josefina Quezada Teresa Chacon Herlinda Bustamente Rosa M. Quezada Patricia Rivera Thelma Heavilin Sanchez Vivian Sanchez Susan Valdez Torres
Year
1978
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Acrylic on stucco
Dimensions
10 ft.x 40 ft.* (3 x 12.2 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
Anthony Quinn Library
3965 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
District
1

Location

Latitude: 34.040749 - Longitude: -118.180120
Image: Tree of Knowledge (aka Read)
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Description

Tree of Knowledge, also known as the “Read” mural was designed by Teresa Chacon and painted in 1978 by artists from the Chicana Action Service Center under the direction of artist Josefina Quezada. In the center of the mural a woman reads to a group of children, on the left side several young women stand and sit reading books among trees. The tree trunks are also filled bookshelves. On the right, three children play on a hillside.  In 2004 a mural conservation effort was supervised by Josefina Quezada and a few elements in the mural were altered, such as an open book added on the far right which lists the names of the mural conservators. This book replaced a Pre-Columbian figure. In 2012 the mural was restored again after suffering from vandalism. Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) restored the mural to the way it originally was painted in 1978.  

About the Artist

Josefina Quezada, a Mexican muralist, came to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to help restore David Alfaro Siqueiros’ Amèrica Tropical mural on Olvera Street.  She has worked with artists from the Chicana Action Service Center to produce several murals in East Los Angeles, including one at Humphreys Avenue Elementary School.