Whenever you make it down to San Diego, make sure to go visit Chicano Park for one of the most unique urban art experiences you’ve probably ever made.
Chicano Park is about 32’000 square meters big and located next the San Diego – Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan, an area that is predominantly inhabited by Mexican-Americans and immigrants. The park is home to the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States and also has various sculptures, earthworks and architecture dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Mexican community. Because of the historical significance of the murals, the park was designated an official historic site in 1980 and its murals were officially recognized as public art in 1987. Since 2013 it’s also part of the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.
Chicano Park is the result of a militant – but nonviolent – people’s land takeover in 1970. The city of San Diego originally wanted to build parking lots which where then inhibited by local residents. Soon after, all those beautiful murals were painted by local and foreign artists. Every year on April 22nd, the community celebrates the anniversary of the park’s takeover with a celebration called Chicano Park Day.
If you want to find out more about the history of Chicano Park, visit the official homepage for a detailed overview.
Enough of the talking now, let’s enjoy some art!