title. "Dreaming Forward/ Soñando" Chattanooga's 1st Latino Mural

date. 2018

cityChattanooga , TN (corner of Broad St. & Main St.)

size40 feet x 11 feet 

The goal with this mural was to create a piece that represents the diverse cultures within the Latino community without excluding the other communities present in the Chattanooga area. After having engaging conversations with the community members and community leaders, I made the decision to paint four large figures of children of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The children represent the Indigenous, African, European and Asian heritage not only present within the Latino community but also in other communities. The first figure holds a kite waiting to soar, the second figure holds a small plant which represents embracing our roots (cultural as well as the values learned at home), the third figure holds a paper plane looking to guide its flight, and the fourth figure looks to the heavens as she runs with her cardboard wings. Each child depicts the feeling of soaring, guiding, embracing and dreaming. As parents, family members, and community, we can provide our children with the tools and support they need to open their wings and soar to their potential, to achieve their dreams without forgetting their cultural roots and the values learned from home.

The colorful textiles on each side symbolize the interweaving of our talents and skills uniting while strengthening each other and together creating a beautiful and diverse platform for our children to find inspiration to continue dreaming. 

 

The golden and silver halo around them represent the wisdom we inherited from our ancestors. This knowledge will shine a light while guiding us as we dream forward. 

*This project received funding from Arts Build's Equity in the Arts grant program in partnership with the Benwood Foundation. 

© 2019 by Alex Paul Loza. All images are property of the artist.