Los Arcos Inaugurates Two New Murals
By Rafael Franco
During the “San Antonio Open Studios” (February 21 and 22) we would like to invite you to see our new space and the exhibition of works by three local artists: Luis Camarena, Juan Carlos Cázares, and Miguel Jaime. Los Arcos is a space for the extracurricular education of college-bound teens as well as adults who are interested in architecture, design, and fashion.
Inauguration of Two Murals
Sat, Feb 21 and Sun, Feb 22, 12-5pm
Stirling Dickinson 27
Colonia San Antonio
In parallel we would like to present two murals that are dedicated to the theme “Why San Miguel Grande?” Juan Carlos Cázares’ mural will welcome the visitors on the main entry and Miguel Jaime’s awaits in the interior. They both depict the juxtaposition of landscape and human factors that evolve into a city. Mexican muralists are the storytellers. The story and lessons of San Miguel are clear and important. The main idea for this new space is to expose young designers to a different picture of Mexico.
Why San Miguel Grande?
Have you ever wondered why a seed grows or why a flower blooms? The same can be asked of human settlements, with fascinating answers. San Miguel de Allende, originally known as San Miguel Grande, is the fruit of human events cultivated with natural resources. San Miguel Grande was founded in 1545 by the Franciscan Juan de San Miguel for missionary purposes. However, the rapid development of this settlement was due to its location along the silver route, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, that ran between Mexico City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The silver mines of Guanajuato and Zacatecas were the magnets for the route, a commercial highway that brought supplies to the mines, and all settlements in between. Only 15 years after its founding, there were signs of significant industrialization and commerce. Clothing was one of the principal attractions for the pacification of indigenous populations, and the development of the weaving industry prospered in San Miguel to the end of the 20th century.
Industry is driven by energy. The history of San Miguel is directly connected to water and its potential energy. The town was located on the side of a sharp canyon, today named El Charco del Ingenio. Water flow was controlled by a series of small earthen dams along the upper plane and by the Presa del Obraje, the Work Dam. An industry of handmade cloth was quickly destroyed by industrial progress. Today only a handful of weavers maintain these skills as artisans.
And so we ask why does the seed grow or the flower bloom? In the case of human development it is often driven by the search for minerals whose only value is the brilliance that we perceive. The residual and real value is the ingenuity of human labor.