True Colors Mural Project students, with the guidance of Juana Alicia have designed and created 4 outstanding collaborative mural pieces, located throughout Berkeley, Ca. Below are images of our works.
Vivir Sin Fronteras/Living Without Borders
LIVING WITHOUT BORDERS/VIVIR SIN FRONTERAS, 18’ x 58’ acrylic mural on
stucco at Mi Tierra Foods in West Berkeley, True Colors Students with
Juana Alicia ©2009 World Rights Reserved. Student Muralists: Briza
Ayaquica, Arturo Avila, Alejandra Avalos, Monica Avalos, Paul Barron,
Octavio de la Paz, Morgan De Lorenzo, Nube Cruz, Amalia Gaspar, Jose
Gonzalez,Tirso Gonzalez, Monica Hernandez, Brenda Herrera, Brook
Johnson, Hasina Johnson, Jared Majors, Blanca Marin, Guillaume
Olivier, Amy Ortiz, Cassandra Perez, Heather Reaney, Diana Ritchie,
Miguel Rivas, Lani Rodarte, Rain Ross, Laura Victoria Salazar, Alysheana St. Jules, Smokie,
Vanessa Verdin, Demondre Ward, Noel Zitanti.
People should not forget their roots. This beautifully colored piece, our mural design for the wall generously offered by Jesus Mendez of Mi Tierra Foods Market, signifies the constant growth and generations of the Berkeley culture.
From left to right we began by representing the Berkeley Bridge, the bike trail in the Marina and an antique-styled mariner’s map of West Berkeley, which are all symbols of our city. The Marina is also present to remind us that we live on the waterfront. We also have a local “Paletera,” Maria Felix, walking along the Aquatic Park trail. The Berkeley train tracks split the mural where there are three women harvesting beans, corn and squash, the traditional Native American foods that create a complete protein. The urban garden grows in front of the wall, with an open view into the Mi Tierra Foods Market. The windmills in the background represent the regeneration of power and sustainable energy.
The two people embracing at the center of the mural within the mural, show love and support, as this is what makes a community strong. They also represent a goodbye felt thousands of times over by the immigrant families from the many cultures of our neighborhood, as they depart for “El Otro Lado”, the other side of the border. Family photos from these many cultures are depicted above them.
The Aztec dancers in the foreground are celebrating life and nature as well as bringing forth the spirits of life onto the mural, while remembering the departed heroes of La Lucha, Cesar Chavez and Father Bill O’Donnell, from Saint Joseph the Worker Church here in our very own community. The smoke from their copal incense offering floats skyward, forming the images of the deceased members of the community, sung and unsung heroes.
The diversity of the Chicano, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian, African American and European cultures are represented on the shawl that is wrapped around the beating heart of the city. This shawl is constructed of diverse fabrics of the world.
Lastly, we have placed the Indigenous woman at the very far end breaking a fence as a way showing the dissolving of all borders that can often be found within a community. As the border is broken, flowers and other symbols of love and diversity spill out across the desert landscape.