Gallery: Estria Foundation Address the Water Crisis With 10 Murals in 1...

 

The Estria Foundation recently unveiled the first of ten murals in their “Water Writes” campaign, which focuses on expressing the perspectives of communities that are highly affected by water issues. The initiative is aimed at educating and empowering communities to express their voice visually through public art, and it will travel to ten cities around the world in 10 months to create original murals. The first collaborative mural was completed at the KIPP LA Prep Academy, a charter school recently featured in David Guggenheim’s “Waiting for Superman” documentary.

Water Writes’ first mural depicts various stories inspired by different cultures in East LA. Water flows from Chalchuiutilcue’s jade skirts, connecting a range of different characters and myths that run along the 25’x100’ wall, ending with Tlaoc, “He Who Makes Things Sprout” – the Aztec River god. The second half of the mural specifically addresses the issue of privatization, illustrating three corporate characters that represent the major corporations that control most of the water on the planet. The Cuidela mural aims to empower communities in the defense of water, while teaching youth how to think critically and express themselves visually.

+ Estria Foundation

+ KIPP LA Prep

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  1. jadeskirt April 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    We showed up to volunteer to help paint and got stainless steel water containers full of filtered tap water to keep! A 8th grader was breaking it down to me about how much plastic we use to package water and how much we spend on bottledd water in LA. Putting paint on the wall, ideas in minds of youth, and real tools to change our lifestyles in our hands. Thanks for this cool project!

  2. lazyreader April 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    You can’t drink paint. Some foundation came all that way to give them paint. Are they out of their mind. Give them a glass of water, not a can of paint.

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