Step into an immersive piñata style recreation of a beloved local mural to feel the impact Latinx public art has on the community.

Exhibited from July 5, 2019 - November 10, 2019.

Public art and piñatas collide in an immersive recreation of a beloved mural that was torn down too soon.

Learn about the impact and cultural significance of public art in Latinx culture as artist Justin Favela recreates Eduardo Carrillo's iconic mural, Birth, Death, and Regeneration. Become immersed in Justin's signature large scale piñata style as thousands of tiny pieces of tissue paper take over the room. With the help of local Latinx community members who helped create the original artwork, Justin will reimagine this iconic mural.


The Original: Birth, Death and Regeneration

In 1976 UCSC professor and artist Eduardo Carrillo worked with UCSC students on a new mural that would fill the entire interior corridor of the Palamar Arcade. The mural, Birth, Death and Regeneration, celebrated Mexican culture and called into question the incarceration of Chicanos at the nearby Santa Cruz County Jail—the site the MAH currently stands on today. Weeks of labor and collaboration were then washed away when the mural was painted over only 3 years later.

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“As Chicanos, Mexican-Americans and Latinxs, we don't get to put up giant bronze monuments of our heroes as we please... our monuments are our murals!”

Justin Favela

Popocatepetl e Iztaccihuatl vistos desde Atlixco, after Jose Maria Velasco. 2016.

Birth, Death and Regeneration – South Wall, 1976-1979

Meet the Artist

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Justin Favela

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In the Press

"Favela’s new take is simultaneously celebratory and defiant, enacting a desire to both live with and liberate historical forms."

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“As Chicanos, Mexican-Americans, Latinxs, we don’t get to put up giant bronze monuments of our heroes as we please… our monuments are our murals,” Favela said.

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