El Grito: The Cry for Freedom

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

El Grito (The Cry) – left panel distant view (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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.

El Grito (The Cry) – right panel distant view, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) – central panel (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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.

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

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

El Grito (the Cry) – left panel (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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

El Grito (The Cry) – right panel (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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.

El Grito (The Cry) – detail right panel (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

The Making of "El Grito"

El Grito (The Cry) - before installation, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) - after installation (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement [Spanish Subtitles] (2014) by Pedro Pablo Celedón, Barefoot ProductionsMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

El Grito (The Cry) - Cartoon, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) - cartoon, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) - cartoon `, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) - cartoon 2 (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

El Grito (The Cry) - cartoon, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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El Grito (The Cry) – creating ceramic tiles (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

El Grito (The Cry) – creating ceramic tiles (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

El Grito (The Cry) – installation 2 (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

El Grito (The Cry) – installation 1 (1977/1979) by Eduardo CarrilloMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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

El Grito (The Cry) – installation 3, Eduardo Carrillo, 1977/1979, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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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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