It’s the longest I’ve ever seen!
As I said in yesterday’s post, I think San Diego is the most muralized city ever.
To see the first mural I ever saw when I moved to san Diego, click on “But the weather’s great.“
To see the tallest mural I have found here, click on “It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
To see the most historic (oldest) mural, click on “Libraries are about more than just books.”
To see the most murals I have found in one location, click on “San Diego’s Chicano Park.”
Recently I found what I believe is probably San Diego’s longest mural. I was pacing to determine approximately how long it was, but since it’s in an industrial area of San Diego, pacing sometimes required me to go into a heavily used, high-speed thoroughfare. Either I never finished pacing—probable—or I got the number for how long it was mixed up with how many trucks I dodged.
This mural is so long that it took me 23 separate pictures and Photoshop CC’s Photomerge function to create two composites. I tried creating just one composite but Photoshop and my computer’s RAM could not complete the task; my computer crashed or just hung for several hours while I played with Zoey the Cool Cat to pass the time.
Following are the two composites, which can be clicked on to get larger versions without losing your place here:
Here is the right corner of the wall:
The left corner is across the street:
On the other side of the mural wall is the rail yard and offices for BNSF Railway in San Diego. BNSF Railway is the second-largest freight railroad in North America; is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas; and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, mentioned just in case you’re looking for some railroad stock to buy that has the blessings of Warren Buffet.
Credit for the mural goes to Salvador R. Torres and Gloria R. Torres, but copyright date is 1994 and belongs to Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, one of the predecessors of the BNSF Railway. Shown at the peak of the building in the first composite:
The copyright credit means that the ATSF Railway hired Salvador and Gloria to paint the mural on their buildings. Pretty cool. ATSF and BNSF just became my BFF railway!
More about Salvador and Gloria, though:
Yes, they were husband and wife at the time. Salvador was born in 1936 in El Paso, Texas, but his family moved to San Diego, to the Barrio Logan neighborhood, when he was a young child. After attending San Diego City College, he earned a B.A.Ed. in art in 1964 from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, following up in 1973 with an M.A. in painting and drawing from San Diego State University.
He was an early advocate of the Chicano art movement and one of the creators of San Diego’s Chicano Park, the largest collection of Chicano murals in the world (see the fourth link at the beginning of this post about the most murals in one location).
Salvador also was a founder of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Centro Cultural de la Raza is a non-profit organization tasked with creating, preserving, promoting, and educating about Chicano, Mexicano, Indigenous (Native American), and Latino art and culture.
After reading about Centro Cultural de la Raza, I have rearranged my San Diego Bucket List to put a visit and picture-taking tour at the top. First, of course, I have to find it because I have not a clue where it is located in Balboa Park. I thought I had visited everything in the Park, but obviously not.
Gloria’s art represented her growing up in San Diego, her childhood and the animals she helped raise. Wherever you see baby goats, you can be assured that Gloria painted them. Her work is on walls throughout San Diego, and I shall endeavor to find more of them.
As I was publishing this post, I realized that I have met Salvador and have a picture of him from when I visited Chicano Park. He was our host and tour guide for the day!
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