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Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles
The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Experience the murals of East L.A.

Los Angeles is known as the “mural capital of the world.” The epicenter of this movement is in East L.A., where contemporary Chicano murals portray everything from celebrities to Mexican-American history to remembering victims of gang violence.

One of the best places to see murals is the Estrada Courts housing project, 3200-3300 E. Olympic Blvd. Some of the murals that originally kicked off the L.A. muralist movement can be found here. The famed “We Are Not a Minority” mural, a tribute to Che Guevara, is also here.

Doris Lee ’07 grew up in inner-city Los Angeles, surrounded by these murals on a daily basis. “This type of everyday art is a complete contrast to the current idea of art as pure, for its own sake,” she says. “This art was used to tell positive stories of history and political triumph, for decorations on the side of neighborhood stores and for gangs who want to tell the story of a lost one.”
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