Camera Lucida: The Colors of Life and Culture

I get to see amazing art work every day on the campus at which I teach. Lassen Hall, which houses the administration center on the Sacramento State University campus, sports this incredible mural, depicting the Aztec ruler, Montezuma.


This mural, celebrating the culture of the Mexican people, was painted in October, 1978 by Ed Rivera, a long-time Sacramento resident.

Lassen Hall with mural “Rebirth of La Cultura”

The 96-foot-wide by 24-foot-tall mural, which depicts the Mexican community’s American Indian-Spanish heritage, features major symbols of the Mexican culture, including an image of the Aztec ruler, Montezuma, an eagle with a serpent in its beak, the Aztec calendar and an ear of corn.

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Join Julia’s My Red Page for her weekly photography challenge, Camera Lucida. This week’s theme is “The colors of life.”

15 thoughts on “Camera Lucida: The Colors of Life and Culture

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  3. What a beautiful mural! I would have expected to see it on the walls of San Diego State University, home of the “Aztecs”!

    I’m currently reading a wonderful novel, The Lacuna, which has Diego Rivera as a ancillary character… a truly remarkable muralist. We are so much richer as a nation to have the Mexican culture as an ingredient of our heritage melting pot.

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