The Wall That Speaks, Sings, and Shouts
by Paul Botello
The Wall That Speaks, Sings, and Shouts is a mural, which was painted by Paul Botello, in East Los Angeles that can be found at Ruben F. Salazar Park. The mural was first painted in the year 2001. It can be described by La Country Arts, as a mural with “energetic expression of movement and emotion in brilliant ranges of color” (lacounty.org). The mural features a wide variety of different men, women, and children who are resisting against those who want to keep them oppressed and show their fight against the struggle of being stopped from expressing their culture. It shows the voices of the ones who are shut out and forced to be voiceless by exhibiting brilliant and bright colors. The mural shows the struggle of the Latinos in East Los Angeles and the oppression that they faced. It also shows how Latinos have overcome this oppression and still work to establish themselves in the city and make their mark in the society. The wall shows a grand, beautiful, and vibrant colors of life moving forward for those who inhabit East Los Angeles.