Political controversy is what brought David Alfaro Siqueiros to Los Angeles. Political controversy is what got the mural, América Tropical, white-washed within months of it’s completion.
The word is out that Wednesday morning at El Pueblo (9 a.m.) Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Councilmember José Huizar along with representatives from the Getty Institute; Deborah Marrow, Timothy Whalen, and Joan Weinstein will announce a "multi-million dollar public-private partnership to complete conservation effort" that was started in 1988. In 2002, after the mural’s wall was seismically stabilized (1997) a cover was created. In 2005, a temporary reproduction of América Tropical was attached to that protective cover in anticipation of future conservation*.
While Siqueiros was in Los Angeles, he created three works, one of them was the 1932 Olvera Street mural. The historical significance of this work at El Pueblo is not just the political charged content, but the technique of applying pressure sprayed paint on an exterior wall. Many feel it is the start of an urban Mexican art in general, where a narrative of alienated ethnic (and indigenous) people are sympathetic subjects. From the City of LA’s website Olvera Street website: