El Grito: The Cry for Freedom

Museo Eduardo Carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo's ceramic tile mural commissioned by the City of Los Angeles for the Placita de Dolores

El Grito, The Cry, was commissioned by the City of Los Angeles for Placita de Dolores, across from Union Station and adjacent to Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The mural commemorates the instigating call, el grito, made in 1810, by Father Hildalgo.

He urged the peasants to revolt against the rule of Spain.

¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron la patria y libertad!

Long live the heroes that gave us the Fatherland (and liberty!

Although Hildago and the other instigators were discovered, the Cry ultimately led to Mexican Independence in 1821.

Carrillo developed the design for the mural through a series of large scale “cartoons” based on this historical event. He cast all 300 of the one foot square ceramic tiles which form the mural.

The Making of "El Grito"

Carrillo invited a team of interested students to help with all phases of the firing and installation process

By apprenticing, the students gained valuable experience in the art of large scale mural design and construction of a permanent public art piece.

Credits: Story

Curator: Betsy Andersen
Photography: Cruz Ortiz Zamarron
Technical Assistance: Vicki Winters
Documentary Film: Barefoot Productions, Pedro Pablo Celedón, Director
Website: museoeduardocarrillo.org

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