Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pasadena Historical Landmark and Treasure

Quetzalcoatl - 1968

Designed by Ernest M. Saenz and painted with the assistance of local teenagers from Mary Street, Pasadena
El Centro de Accion (Corner of Del Mar and Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA)
Painted Mural (retouched and painted over in parts during the years)

Ernest M. Saenz is the only Chicano Artist arrested for his artwork in the 60s and 70s.  He was a major contributor to the Grafitti and Street Art movement of the 80s and went into recluse in the 90s.  In the 2000s, he went underground and published extremely political satirical cartoons, spoofs and often material considered "Over the Edge" of civility, but none the less - true.  He is back and has been declared the Father of Chicano Minimalism.

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