Mexican Murals - Amazing Prehispanic Art in Daniel Garza, Part 2 [CCC's Street Art Contest #29]

in StreetArt8 months ago

After the first part of this double post has been such a success, I'm excited to bring you the second part, of what's around the corner. And as always, I'm posting this as my participation in the weekly Street Art Contest by CCC, this time number 29.

Just like in the first part, the location is the corner of Miguel Quintana and Gral. Villegas in the neighborhood Ampliación Daniel Garza in Mexico City. This week I want to focus on the part of the mural on the south-facing wall on Miguel Quintana.

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Tlaloc, Quetzalcoatl, and Lots of Traditional Imagery

I hope I didn't promise too much when I said this entire corner was a complete visual overload. This is also why I decided to split the work in two. Just like the part I presented last week, this wall also features Mexican deities, in fact, two of the most famous ones: The forked-tongued blue face on the right end is Tlaloc, the personification of water. The blue wavy pattern on the bottom also corresponds with this deity. The long green character winding its way along the top of the wall is the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl.

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To the right of Tlaloc we can see a symbol from the center of the famous Aztec Sun Stone. It represents the Nahuatl word Ollin, the name of our current era. The face in the center is a little bit different from the Sun Stone, which may represent the face of Tonatiu the Sun God, depending on where you stand on this debated issue. Further to the right a cat-type creature stands in front a field of corn. While maize has always been important in pre-colombian cultures, this cat I can't place anywhere.

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Shamans and Warriors

The right end of this wall painting shows more pre-hispanic symbology. It includes a woman in indigenous clothes raising her fist high in the air, some type of spiritual drummer, and a warrior dressed in the outfit of the prestigious eagle warriors. In the background maize is growing, symbolizing the most important food plant of mesoamerica. The only thing I can't properly place is the rendition of the all-seeing eye in the upper background. I am not familiar with this symbol, at least not in the context of pre-hispanic culture.

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Artists Shrouded in Mystery

Again I am faced with the question of who I can credit with creating this elaborate piece of art, and again (or still) I can't seem to find a satisfactory answer. The only inscription on the mural I found were the words "Somos Poniente" or "we are the west" (okay...) and the tags Aseok (or is it Aseck?) and ADK. While all of these names could be associated with murals, none of them are even close in terms of style of location.

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Also, since this mural is a direct continuation of the one I featured last week, I would assume the same names could be mentioned again (if they are in fact the names of the artists): Sytck, Nepha, Tarok, Bosco, Yuhani, Dork ... not that it helps us in any way.

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Finally, here's what this mural looks from the front of the corner. From this angle, there can be no doubt about it: they are two sides of the same image, painted on a street corner that would look completely boring without it.

If you liked this, check out my developing series on Mexican murals:

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A Corner To Look At
Amazing Prehispanic Art in Daniel Garza, Part 1

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This is wonderful, the murals and all the information that you have given us has been very pleasant to read.

Thank you! I try sharing as much as I can about the street art that's so plentiful here where I live. Of course, giving credit to the artist is the highest imperative, but in some cases like this one, it's just not possible.

It's absolutely amazing. Loved all the colors and patterns.

Thank you!
Yes, it's beautiful, and there are so many murals around here. Not all of them this elaborate, but usually very colorful.

That's great. Do share more :)

I will! In fact, this afternoon I'm going to the town of Mazunte on the coast, where I haven't been for almost a year. Let's see what new street art has been put up. (There is always something new!)

Stunning mural with all these details and colors. It's strange that the artist (or artists) behind this work are untraceable (I searched a little, nothing 😟).

Thanks for sharing these pics on The StreetArt Community.


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Further proof that Mexico may lead the world in the use of bright colors, whether it be clothing, house interiors, or in this case, awesome street art.

Indeed, this is one of the wonderful perks in this place. It never seizes to amaze how colorful things can be.

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This is amazing man, I'm so glad to have found this post, we vibe in the same way :)

Seems like we do, don't we? You can check out my apparently endless list of Mexican murals. I know, it fills up the post, but I just can't let them go. (Though I want to change the titles to a thumbnail!) What gets me especially excited, is knowing how the majority of these murals is long gone, but preserved in the blockchain.