The Great Wall of L. A. 1950: Chavez Ravine and the Division of the Barrios

The Great Wall of L. A. 1950: Chavez Ravine and the Division of the Barrios

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RESTORED by the artist 2017

Chavez Ravine was a poor but cohesive Mexican American community. In the early 1950's the Housing Authority of the City of LA labeled the area "blighted" and started to redevelop the land for a housing development. After some controversy that the housing development was "communist", the land was sold to Walter O'Malley who built a stadium for the incoming Brooklyn Dodgers. Here, Dodgers Stadium is depicted as a massive alien ship descending onto the community and destroying it. The citizens protested but were forcibly removed by the city and the police.

There was much land development at that time, and "eminent domain" was used to break up, mostly minority and poor communities, in order to build the freeways. This segment shows how friends and families were physically split up when these massive freeways and developments tore apart these communities

 
  • This is a giclée of an original coloration used for determining the colors for the Great Wall of LA. It was used by the youth and artists in the LA River when painting the Great Wall over five summers from the late 1970s to early 1980s. 
  • Artist: Judith F. Baca
  • Original Coloration Completed: 1981
  • Paper Size: 19.75" W x 12.25" H Image Size: 16.25" W x 7" H