The El Ejido Mural, a collage of photos and painted imagery, was inspired by French photographer JR who found a discarded camera in a Paris subway and began taking photos. In one project he photographed persons living in poor neighborhoods in the outskirts of Paris and then pasted huge prints of their faces on public buildings in wealthy downtown neighborhoods.
Local children designed El Ejido’s mural with the assistance of Colectivo TAN 473 artists Celia Jameson, Katie Clancy, and Paola Huitrón.
Several times a week for 3 weeks TAN artists, tourists, El Ejido community members, and other Guanajuato residents helped children paint frames for the photos.
TAN artist consulting with children
Katie and Paula took photographs of the children and of other El Ejido community members. On February 1, 2014, TAN 473 artists arrived with the printed photos and pasted them to the wall.
Katie Clancy photographing a young artist for the wall.
El Ejido resident helping paint a frame.
A young tourist stopped by to help paint
- News cameraman films Katie Clancy putting up the first photo.
Celia Jameson preparing to paste on a photo.
Artists at work
- Colectivo TAN 473 found funding for materials
Masked and unmasked
- Celebrating with snacks
Celebrating with music.
On Sunday, June 9, Colectivo T.A.N. 473, child artists, and other community members joined to celebrate finishing the history of Guanajuato mural on the footpath Subida San Miguel that leads to the Pípila monument. Seattle glass artist Paul Marioni offered a wall for the mural and provided paint and enthusiastic support throughout the project.
Sterling had gone surfing and the El Ejido family that took three children to paint the mural one Saturday had other plans, so that left Manuel and me walking alone down our side of the canyon and up the other to join the celebration.
It rained heavily earlier in the day, and so we took an umbrella and warm jackets, as it gets chilly here at 7,000 feet when clouds hide the sun.
Manuel painted the warrior
Dulce helped paint this face.
I took some photos of the finished mural on the way up.
Golden Basilica, White University of Guanajuato
El Pípila on the way to blast open the Alhondiga doors. Zeus from El Ejido painted the pig-faced man.
We arrived at the top just in time to hear Katie Clancy thanking the artists and community members who helped with the mural. Katie called Manuel forward for special recognition.