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Spirit Poles Raising Community

Spirit Poles Raising Community

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CHAPTERFIVE
Rais
ing
Community
Consciousnesswith
Public
Art
The
Guadalupe
Mural
Project
G
uadalupe,California,isasmallruralt
own
,locatedatthenonhemmosrripofSantaBarbara
Co
unty.DriverszippingalongHighway
I,
aimingforthesurfatPismoBeachortheMissionarchitectureinSanluis
Ob
i
spo
some7'-kilometers(45miles)away,cancruisethr
oug
hGuadalupein
abo
uttensecondsflat.Aftertheycrossthe
cou
ntylinerightoutsidetown,they'reusuallysurprisedth
at
theplacethey'vejustpassedthroughisevena
pan
ofrich,RepublicanSantaBarbara
Cou
nty.ManyGuadaluperesidents(approximately5,479inthe1990census)wanteochangethoseimpressions.'Theyanticipatethedaywhenallthose
fle
etingcarsandRVswillslowd
own,
takealeftat
le
RoyPark,andspendsometimesavoringoneofthebestthingsthattheirtownhastooffer:afour-panel
mu
raldepictingthehistoriesandhopesofthispri-m
ad
lyagricultural,andmostlyMexicanAmericancommunity(Figs.48and49),DesignedandpaintedbyLosAngelesartist
Jud
yBacafrom1988to1989,incollaborationwithliterallyhundredsofthetown'sin·habitants,the
ClladalulJeMural
seemstotestifytothepossibilitiesofpublicartandculturaldemocracyincontemporaryAmerica.Bacaspenrm
onth
sinGuadalupe,seepingOUtitsstreets
and
psyche.HeadqcarreredonMainStreetintheaban
do
nedauditoriumofthe
United
AncientOrderofDruids(adefunctfraternal
dub
dat
ingto
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Poles
and
Aying
-i8.Judyaaca..
Guodoollpe
Murol,
PanelI:
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Founde"
of
Guathlupe,M1988-89;H(8
feet)
by
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meterS
(7
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Guadalupe,
Calif.
Copyright
Judy
Baa.
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88
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sough
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interest
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publicartwork."Successfulintegrationofapublica
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orkrequiresthepeopleenvisioningwhatamonumentshouldbeintheirt
own,
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ers[thepostmistress,themayor,thtpubliche
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h
of
ficer)andwithmi-grantl
abor
ersandcivilrightsactivists."Iwentintothefieldsandl
oo
kPolaroids
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gavethemtotheIarmworkers,"Bacarecalls(Fig.So)."TheygotInterestedinwh
at
1wasdoingwiththemural
pro
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and
would
come
visitmeattheDruidTemple,rightdownthestreetfromalltheres
taurant
swheretheyatetheirlunchesanddinners.
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Jud
J
6a
ca.,
Murci,
Pmel
2:
"The
Ethnic
Contributions,M
1988-89:
acrylic/panel,
2.4
meten.
(8
fMt)
by'
2.1
meten
(7
feet),
Gu.adalupe,Calif.Copyright
J<><ly
Boa.
Sheatehermealsatthoserestaurants,t
oo.
intheImperialCafeandtheFarWesternTavernandtheTaco
loco.
Shehiredteenagersf
rom
sev-
eralChicanoandFilipinofarmfamiliestohelpcollecthistoricalinf
or
-mationandmakeatowntimeline.Sherephotographedthousandsofpi
ctur
esculledfromlocalscra
pboo
ksandschoolyearbooks,allloanedtotheprojectbyinterestedcitizensandartsenthusiasts.Finallyshecalledat
own
meetinganddrewontheinsightsofadiverseaudiencetochoosetheimageryforeachofthe
1..
..
-
by
a.r-roerer(8-
by
7-f
oo
t)pan-els.Hired
by
theSantaBarbaraCountyArtsCommissionsimplytopaintamural.Baca
turn
edGuadalupe'spublicartprojectintocommu-nityconsciousness-raising."Theprocesses
of
cominginto,understand-
IS.

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