Best Chicano Mural (2010)

Parque de los Niños

In a county where historic Chicano murals are more common than outsiders may expect—and more endangered than a snow cone in hell—the largest and most brittle is also the most mysterious: a 300-foot panorama featuring Mayan gods, Aztec eagles and orange groves that's half-painted and next to a drainage ditch. Originally created during the 1970s as part of a community project in Placentia's historic Atwood barrio, the unnamed mural has slowly faded away. City residents and officials are committed to keeping it, but no funds means the elements chip away at this masterpiece year after year.


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