El Ritmo del Centro, 2023
Commissioned by the City of Philadelphia and the Office of Art Culture and Creative Economy (OACCE)
The mural reflects how culture and history shape our sense of home and what it means to be part of the multicultural diaspora in Fairhill. The inspiration comes from Losas Criollas of Puerto Rico and ornamental tiles of Spain and Morocco, which became popular throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through colonization of these lands.
As part of the design process I hosted community workshops where Fairhill residents created symbols that represent their culture to remix this narrative and proclaim the identity of their community. More than 250 community members were involved in the process of designing symbols, painting and installing this 5000 square foot mural.