An extension of Aurelio Díaz’s Galería del Barrio mural at 16th and Blue Island. Across the street, Samantha Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi have completed a parallel mural that reinterprets Díaz’s original work. “Weaving Cultures” celebrates underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds. The 15 ft. x 40 ft. mural was developed to increase awareness and encourage a dialogue around unity and acceptance.
The original mural, which extends along 16th Street’s railroad tracks, was painted in 1976 with the help of students and community members under Díaz’s guidance. This mural, featuring rows of male faces in various expressions, has also been restored.