Two Latino visionaries have paid homage to their culture by morphing San Fernando Valley’s Mural Mile into an artistic celebration that will be around for years to come.
Levi Ponce and Kristy Sandoval teamed up to produce over 21 murals, which now stretch down Van Nuys Boulevard in the Pacoima neighborhood. Laws that once prevented Los Angelenos from creating public murals have been abolished, and both artists are picking up where the older generation of artists left off.
“I think my generation is rediscovering their culture,” said Sandoval to Univision. “Previously, we didn’t have anything like this, and now, art makes Pacoima attractive,” added Ponce.
The murals depict various important Latino figures from all sectors of culture and entertainment. Among them are Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, actor Danny Trejo and the late Selena Quintanilla, all of whom have been magnificently reimagined on walls and buildings.
Since Mural Mile made its debut back in 2012, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley and The Public Art Initiative have come together to host tour walks for the public to enjoy.
Check out more from Mural Mile, above.