Friday, November 25, 2011

Lincoln Heights: Caballeros

This statue of Emiliano Zapata Salazar, aka Zapata, was a gift from Mexico City to the City of Los Angeles in 1980. It stands at El Parque de Mexico. You'll find several sculptures of Mexican heroes there, though we noted some busts were missing and I'm not sure why.

This statue of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon was donated to the City of Los Angeles by Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo in 1981. (Sorry, there should be accents on Portillo's names but they freak Blogger out when I use them, which makes no sense to me because don't people all over the world use Blogger?)

My photo doesn't do justice to the statue (or to Manny, for that matter). The statue is detailed, powerful, impressive. You've got to see it in person.


Just for fun, a caballo without a caballero. Caballo Diablo, perhaps. This exuberant work prances at the Brewery Arts Complex in Lincoln Heights.

Tomorrow, more art.

15 comments:

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Quelle jolie.

Petrea Burchard said...

Merci, Patrizzi.

alex said...

i drive by that statue almost every day (it's right next to the tracks that separate Lincoln Park from the USC Health Sciences Campus. thanks for sharing its history, i have always wondered.

Steve Scauzillo said...

I like the horse. Looks like a carousel horse.

Susan Campisi said...

If I'd seen these photos out of context I would've guessed they were taken in Mexico. Very cool.

Petrea Burchard said...

El Parque de Mexico is a cool place. I didn't even know it existed until last week.

altadenahiker said...

I accidentally took a cool photo of the one of the horses -- I'll email it to you. I had forgotten about the last one -- so glad you caught it.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's not an accident, Karin. You should post that.

Bellis said...

I think the carousel horse is in homage to the famous carousel in Lincoln Park. Is it still there?

Petrea Burchard said...

Which Lincoln Park do you mean?

Latino Heritage said...

Long and wonderfully varied history. It was the large park you passed. Lincoln Park is where Plaza de la Raza sits and you now find Gallery space in what was the Boathouse. There was a zoo there and in the early 90s there was a great slide that looked like the Templo de Tenochtitlan. Now there is also the Wall/Las Memorias a memorial for those who have died from HIV/AIDS.

Petrea Burchard said...

Okay, I get it. So el Parque de Mexico is the spit of land adjacent to it? I was thinking that was the whole thing. I had to look at google maps.

Ms M said...

More interesting history. And I really like the spirit of the horse in the last photo.

Bellis said...

I like the old name name "Eastlake" for the part of Lincoln Park with the big lake. (That's Eastlake as opposed to Westlake, or Macarthur Park.) The statue of Jose Maria Morales y Pavon has superb detail. Definitely worth parking the car and crossing the road for.

Petrea Burchard said...

I like that one too, Ms. M. We were on the opposite side of the street and I took a quick snap. I'd love to get up close to it sometime and see the details.

Speaking of which: yes, Bellis, I thought the sculpture of Pavon was especially fine.