San Diego mural aims to celebrate diversity and community

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 20:17:41-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) - A wall at the intersection of Ocean View and 30th in the Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego has been turned from a place with frequent unwanted graffiti, to a work of art that embraces the community.

David Mena said he and about seven artists have been painting the wall for about a month and it’s finally completed. It’s a celebration of the different types of people who live in the area, plus a look at the different cultures and ethnicities.

From a depiction of the “tortilla lady” to the mascots from local schools, the art captures the spirit of a wide variety of types of people and brings a message of unity.

“This is our peaceful protest and letting the community and everyone in San Diego county know that in these destructive times, we can build and we can move forward as a unit,” said Meno.

He said he recruited youth in the area to help with the art as a way to inspire them and show them a positive influence.

Mena said close to $3,000 was donated by the community to help pay for supplies and food during the project. They put a coat over the paint that will help prevent graffiti.

He said they’re not asking for money, but if anyone donated, he would give the money to the young artists.