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The largest Filipino American mural in the United States. Translated in English as "Filipino Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy," 22-year-old Eliseo Art Silva painted the mural that now overlooks Beverly Boulevard's Unidad Park, unveiling it on 24 June 1995. According to Silva, "... the mural encapsulates 5,000 years of Filipino and Filipino American history."

Unidad Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Eliseo Art Silva
Group Acknowledged: 
Filipino Americans
Historical Subject: 

According to Eliseo Art Silva, the mural's artist,

the design is divided into two parts: the first is historical (represented by the outline of a fish at sea), leading up to the awakening of Filipino national and political consciousness; the second part is dominated by a huge bird with significant Filipino-Americans on its wings, the farm workers on the bottom left and the youth and community on the right.

In 1997, the mural received the Award of Design Excellence for public art by commissioners from the City of Los Angeles Board of Cultural Affairs. Additionally, it featured in the Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibition called "Singgalot (The Ties that Bind): From Colonial Subjects to Citizens," and Los Angeles County Museum's "Made in California: Art, Image and Identity 1900-2000"

Physical Aspects: 

The mural spans 150 feet across and 30 feet high on a building brick edifice. It overlooks Unidad Park on Beverly Boulevard and is visually colorful in its depiction of Filipino and Filipino American history.

Date of Dedication: 
24 June 1995
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