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Small Mural


About the Artist
This mural was painted by Leo Limon for LATTC. Limon attended the school in the late 1970s as part of the GI Bill. Limon is most known for his work in the Los Angeles River and his activism for peace and the environment. He is a prolific artist and his creativity knows no bounds. Limon's work is celebrated by collectors worldwide and his work is also archived in the Smithsonian Museum, UC Santa Barbara's Chicano & Ethnic Studies Archive, the archive of the Studio for Southern California History. More information on his lifetime of work may be found at www.leolimon.com.


About the Mural

This mural was conceptualized by alumnus and artist, Leo Limón. He received his certificate in “Sign Graphics” at LATTC in 1980. Since then, his work has been shown worldwide and collected by several institutions, including the Smithsonian. The artist was invited to return to LATTC to create this mural for the 90th anniversary. Students and faculty contributed to this mural by helping Limón paint throughout April of 2015. There are many symbols in the mural that all represent the school’s past, present, and connection to the community and people of downtown Los Angeles. Each symbol tells a beautifully diverse story and demands a closer look. From the globe, to the hammer, to the pincushion, Limón added images of the different tools that students use at school and later in their careers.

The artist was inspired by what he saw on campus and around the community. The purple skyline that runs throughout the middle of the mural includes “City Hall” and other buildings in downtown Los Angeles that can be seen throughout campus. Limón also added the Metro Blue Line along the middle of the mural. The metro runs right past LATTC and thanks to student efforts, the stop is now named after the school. In addition to sight, Limón infused his imagination into the mural. Below the Blue Line are silhouettes of faces. The artist painted them so that they were facing in opposite directions. The faces symbolize the students who have come in and out of the school throughout the years. 

Limón included foliage at the bottom of the mural to symbolize the biology and landscaping departments on campus. There are two hands in the mural, one black and one white, which are holding a “justice” sign and a book with a feminine symbol with a peace sign within it. This represents the power of knowledge that is and has been accessible to all students at LATTC. There are many more symbols that connect the school to nature. The rabbit in the left hand corner represents the rabbits that roamed before the school was built. These rabbits were very important to the Tongva tribe in Los Angeles. Limón incorporated the giant fig tree that symbolizes the tree outside of Magnolia Hall but also the school’s roots to the past.

When asked about his process, Limón responded: "I reference an indigenous cultural legacy and incorporate the modern world. I draw what I see, then I change it with paint and imagination. I act as a prism and reflect on my canvas as a beautiful spectrum." This mural is a beautiful juxtaposition of past and present. It is a story that could only be told by an artist and can be appreciated in detail and from afar.