The artist is of this artwork is unknown. The piece did not have a date of when it was created. However, I believe that it will always be significant. It was a fairly new piece. It wasn’t there four years ago so it must be pretty recent. The graffiti art reads “Love Your City!” and “Ama Tu Ciudad!” which is the Spanish translation. I find that the fact that there is a Spanish translations makes this art work even more significant. It shows that the artist was thinking about the community and who was actually going to view the artwork. Mid-City LA is mostly a Latino community. The artist was thinking about the admirers and the streetwalkers that would see their work. I believe that this work of art is significant because I got a message not to literally love your city but to love where you come from. I think that the artist is encouraging people to be proud of their roots and where they come from. Since Mid-City is a low class city and neighborhood people may feel discouraged or embarrassed that they are from a poor place. The artist here is telling people to own where they are from and love it.
This work of art is in Mid City Los Angeles, on Venice Blvd. It is located on the side wall of a liquor store. As I am admiring this piece of art there are many people walking by or standing by the bus stop. There are people walking in and out of the liquor store. It is on a busy street so there is constant movement.
I hear the busses pass and the beeping of the cross walk every two minutes. There is constant movement. Everybody looks busy. It is about 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday and I see children walking with parents. School has just let out and there is a stampede of teenagers walking towards the bus stop and into the liquor store or towards the 7-eleven up the street. The smell of cigarettes fills the air, coming from a group of men just around the corner.
The aura of the piece of art is inspiring. I was inspired because I actually stopped to really think about what the artist was trying to say. Maybe the artist wasn’t trying to give a message but I interpreted one. The aura was not that peaceful. I felt like action needed to take place after looking at the artwork. I think that the surroundings had a lot to do with that. Since there is constant movement and noise in the area the artwork is being manipulated.
Overall, I think that readers should conclude that the artwork may or may not have wanted to give a message. It is up to the viewer to decide what the message is. However the message that I received was to be proud of your roots and where you come from. You should never be ashamed and should never forget where you come from.
Emely Lomeli is a Child and Adolescent Development major at California State University, Northridge.