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    Mural Fever: Public Art in the D.C. Area 

Un pueblo sin murales

"Un pueblo sin murales" (A people without murals),  is the oldest remaining, outdoor public art display in Washington, according to the Washington D.C. Heritage Coalition.

Dating to the early 1970s, the mural was designed and executed by Carlos Salozar and Felipe Martinez, Chilean immigrants who joined the thousands of people who fled the repressive Pinochet regime, says  Diane Cottman, deputy director of planning and development for the Latin America Youth Center. Cottman says children from the center also assisted in painting this mural. 

It's located at the corners of 18th and Calvert streets. 

Lillian Mattiaccio, above, a 31-year-old Adams-Morgan resident, says this mural is one of the more recognizable ones in the community.  

According to a report issued from the Adams-Morgan Neighborhood Council,  the painting celebrates diversity, showcasing participants of all colors and indeterminate genders. The legend beneath the mural, written in  Spanish, best sums up the artists' opinion of their work: 

"A people without murals are a demoralized people." 


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