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RFK Community Schools two 55ft arches complete: Tiny Ripples of Hope and Seeing Through Others Eyes
The LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community of Schools K-12
Murals designed by Professor Judy Baca
Coordinated by the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab
Seeing Through Others Eyes (Final Version)
Tiny Ripples of Hope (Final Version)
On June 5th, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated in the food-service pantry next to the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel after having won the California Primary. The Ambassador Hotel, located on Wilshire Boulevard at mid-city, is being converted into the new LAUSD RFK Community of Schools for K-12. The school’s library, formerly the ballroom, will be the sight of Professor Judy Baca’s latest work: a two-mural memorial to RFK, a Senator who was revered as a leader of the ideals of hope and compassion and an advocate for the equality of all people. The murals were completed in September 2010.
In the mural Seeing Through Others Eyes, a lotus blossom determines the composition of the mural both formally and conceptually. Each petal represents one of the issues facing society that Robert F. Kennedy deemed most important: Environment, Intolerance, Poverty, Education, Health, and War. We see these things through different eyes; the eyes of a soldier, a woman and her ailing mother, a poverty stricken child. At the center of the blossom sit two enlightened men: Kennedy breaking bread with César Chávez after Chávez’s 36-Day Fast for Life. Juan Romero, the busboy who cradled Kennedy after he was shot, is depicted to the left of Kennedy. While one million people march in the background lead by Dolores Huerta, a legendary figure in the labor movement in this
country. She co-founded the United Farmworkers
of America, which plays a major role in organizing opposition to
proposed immigration reform legislation.
This Interactive Digital Mural will be seen
as one whole and each
section will be a whole composition and able to be independently viewed. The
entire work will incorporate an interwoven narrative in three layers, which
First Layer: Represents “The Land” – El Camino Viejo
created by Tongva feet and hoofs of oxen evolving into what became known
as Wilshire Blvd. and the first thorough way for autos in Los Angeles on
which the Ambassador Hotel would become a major landmark.
Second Layer: Represents the People and
Historical Events in Los Angeles – 1921 to 1968 – particularly as they relate to the full spectrum
of ethnic communities in Los Angeles.
Third layer: Represents Robert
F. Kennedy’s narrative that leads him through his life to the primary
election victory celebration in Los Angeles. We will focusparticularly on
his views about poverty, the Vietnam War, education, health care, intolerance and the environment.
Judy Baca and her latest muralSeeing Through Others Eyes
The concept of the panels is that they are a sequential work
of art, which can be viewed as one mural or as individual vignettes. While the
murals are to be seen daily by children, it is not strictly a children’s work of
art, but a public artwork that is in the tradition of the WPA and the Great
Mexican Mural Tradition of the 20th century- works of art that are
meant to last for 100’s of years and of the highest quality and can be studied
by children for generations to come.