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A block of contiguous stores on South Sixth Street might well be in northern Mexico (JSG)
A block of contiguous stores on South Sixth Street might well be in northern Mexico (JSG)

Note the colors, the prevalence of wall paintings, and the use of decorated burglar bars. Since this photograph was taken, the left half of the store on the left has been repainted orange.

Baptismal clothes by Toni Aguilar (CV)
Baptismal clothes by Toni Aguilar (CV)

Baptisms and weddings are special events for the community, for they mark times when the continuity of the community is assured. In addition to this tiny dress suit for her grandson, Toni Aguilar made an equally elaborat e baptismal dress for her granddaughter.

Quinceaqera cake by Guadalupe Rubio (JSG)
Quinceaqera cake by Guadalupe Rubio (JSG)

This cake was made expressly for the exhibition by Guadalupe Rubio, who is not related to the woman by the same name who made the church accessories shown elsewhere in this exhibit. Quinceaqeras are the often elaborate celebrations held in honor of a girl when she turns fifteen. They often include a Mass and a formal dance complete with a cake. Ms. Rubio said that she had made this cake once before -- on the occasion of her brother's wedding 21 years ago!

Boarded-up window with the Virgin of Guadalupe (JSG)
Boarded-up window with the Virgin of Guadalupe (JSG)

A major difference between murals and graffiti seems to lie in the asking and receiving of permission to put the images on the wall. Graffiti "tagging" is extremely common in Tucson, but relatively little of it has specifically cultural Mexicano content. This skillfully executed, almost minimalist Virgin, however, is an exception.

Last Supper and Crucified Christ by Felix Lucero, Garden of Gethsemane
Last Supper and Crucified Christ by Felix Lucero, Garden of Gethsemane,
Felix Lucero Park, West Congress Street (JSG)

Felix Lucero discovered himself cut off from his outfit and wounded in No Man's land during World War I. He promised God that, were his life spared, he would devote his life to religious works. During the last years of that life, in the 1940s, he created the remarkable cement sculptures that today occupy a small park on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River. There are four life-sized scenes from the life of Christ, as well as a miniature of the Judgement before Pontius Pilate. The park is used today for weddings and quinceaqeras, as well as just visiting and relaxing.

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