La Ofrenda, 1989
By Yreina D. Cervantez
Toluca & 2nd Street
Downtown Los Angeles
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yreina D. Cervantez was born in Kansas and received a degree from UC Santa Cruz, and an MFA from UCLA.
ABOUT THE MURAL
The ofrenda, Spanish for “offering,” is an alter made to made to honor a saint or important person. This ofrenda is made in honor of Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. The offerings come in form of candles, calla lilies, a god’s eye, and images of the workers for whose rights she fought for. On the right side of the piece, open hands display a poem by Gloria Alvarez. The mural is an homage to the strength of Latina women. It brings attention to the hardships of war and immigration, while highlighting the life and hope that endures through these struggles.
The mural has suffered sun and graffiti damage.