Just home from a week away in Minneapolis to visit family. We had fun swimming at an outdoor pool. Grandpa then Grandma were great sports taking Eagle on a dual innertube down the water slide. We saw my sister’s family and my mom’s sister and her husband over dinner. Grandpa grilled chicken and burgers. The Olympics was cool to watch, especially the novel events of skateboarding and surfing. I had lunch Saturday with a friend from junior high. Once I picked her up I asked her directions to the restaurant, and again on the way back.
I don’t exactly get lost in the Twin Cities after two decades away, but I do wander a bit. The city map in my head still functions, but the visual input has changed. So many buildings have been built in the last twenty years. Also new is along Lake Street, businesses have multilingual signs. Minnesota was beginning to have a more diverse population when I was in college there. Now it has completely transformed into a place with immigrants from many countries, particularly Somalia and Mexico.
Monarchs are important in Mexican, Mixteca (Aztec) and Maya cultures as representatives of the spirits of those who have passed on.
I found four or five murals within a block. Around Lake St. there is a large Mexican American community, and they’re expressing themselves artistically in a beautiful way. I found no Somali murals, but since the country is Muslim if there were murals the art would not be representational. Here are two more beautiful paintings by a Mexican-American artist:
I also pulled over further down East Lake Street to see this art with traditional symbols and themes from the Lakota and Ojibwe Nations.
I was happy to see that First Nations of Minnesota were honored in these murals. This post is dedicated to International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which was August 9th.
These paintings are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Yahoo, this was our first family vacation since January 2020!
Are you getting out and about? Seeing any interesting street art?