Calle 16 Mural Project Heads to Barrio Cafe at Sky Harbor International Airport

Categories: Mural City

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photos by Claire Lawton, mural by Calle 16
For months, the team of muralists and painters behind Calle 16 have gathered at their headquarters to paint a tribute to their neighborhood.

Gennaro Garcia, Lalo Cota, Angel Diaz, Breeze, and others completed a 27-by-7-foot canvas that will be plastered to the wall in the Silvana Salcido Esparza's airport satellite of Barrio Cafe.

Esparza founded Calle 16 Mural Project in 2010 with the hopes of bringing the neighborhood together and showcasing its culture in a positive and public way.


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Photo by Claire Lawton
Gennaro Garcia holds up a small lowrider plane that will be in the Barrio Cafe at Phoenix Sky Harbor.
Garcia gives a tour of the canvas, pointing out the obvious landmarks: Por Vida Gallery, Barrio Cafe, Deportes America, and La Azteca Bakery, the bakery owned and operated by Esparza's family. In the distance are painted train cars, the South Mountain range, and a very Arizona sunset, painted by Breeze.

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Photo by Claire Lawton
Gennaro Garcia and Silvana Salcido Esparza discuss the details.
The overall design was inspired by the iconic "Greetings from Phoenix Arizona" postcard, with a few personal touches. If you get closer to the painting, he says, it's a bit of a "Where's Waldo?".

You can spot each of the painting's artists hanging out near the restaurant, in the gallery, in a low rider. Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco are sitting at a table. Frida is seated on a bench.

Esparza's Barrio Cafe will open at Terminal 4 along with other local restaurants in June (more on that on Chow Bella). A specific day has yet to be set in stone due to construction and airport schedules.

"All of the guys involved absolutely love this neighborhood," she says. "And now we can show it off to the thousands who pass through the airport everyday."

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Just2cumfreefun
Just2cumfreefun

I have been living in the 16th street area for the pat 12 years and have watched all the great colors being created all over the area. I take my kids around the area to just admire all the local artist work just close. Thank you all for your talent, much appreciated. 

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yes

Pablo 
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Silvana
Silvana

the FIVE master muralist are:  PABLO LUNA, LALO COTA, BREEZE, GENNARO GARCIA AND ANGEL DIAZ. 

I thank and love everyone one of these guys.  Phoenix is bad-ass thanks to them.  Viva Arte Publica!

artegennaro
artegennaro

el master Pablo Luna also was one of the artist/muralist that collaborated  on this project. 

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