Marc Anthony Martinez, 2002. This mural, located on the back side of 771 Santa Fe Drive, depicts a history of Denver’s westside community, including a number of significant community landmarks from Santa Fe Drive and the surrounding area. Beginning with the left side of the mural we see El Noa Noa and El Taco de Mexico, two nearby Mexican eateries. The American flag to the right is grasped by disembodied hands of varying skin tones, symbolizing the different cultures that make up the American population. Continuing right, we see the nearby Byer’s library branch (home to Carlota Espinoza’s mural Pasado, Presente, Futuro) above the iconic Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant, a Denver landmark located at 10th and Osage. A large tree acts as a vertical divider below which we find a man wearing a sombrero and playing a guitar. Above the logo of a community and development corporation, Newsed, is capped by the figure of a young girl surrounded with books. To her right the Denver Civic Theater (home of Su Teatro and the third oldest Chicano theatre in the country) and Santa Fe Theater, two important venues for cultural events, float above the image of La Catrina, a skeletal figure (calavera) created by Mexican printmaker Jose Guadelupe Posada and popularized by famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Posada is also referenced by a second calavera wearing a straw sombrero and holding a book, the cover of which bears his name. Below, a Mexican farm laborer works the sugar beet fields of northern Colorado. The field is situated below the skyline of downtown Denver, above which rises the imposing figure of Chicano activist Corky Gonzales. Gonzalez’s upraised fist is superimposed over the bottom left corner of the eagle logo of the United Farm Workers. Within the outline of the eagle’s form a cosmic sea filled with planets and stars floats around the words “United Farm Workers.” To the left a woman hangs up her son’s and daughter’s sports uniforms from West High School. The passage of time is marked below by a clock inspired by the work of Salvador Dali and a series of dates marking the progression from 1500 (the century of Conquest) to 2002 (the year the mural was completed). At the far right the facade of St. Cajetan’s (an important Chicano church now located on the Auraria campus) sits below the triparite head of the “Mestizo,” the symbol of El Movimiento that alludes to people of mixed Spanish and indigenous heritage. Its fiery nimbus marks it as the sun, shining down on the rest of the composition. The mural measures 25×113 feet and was painted using spray paint, a medium that has eroded due to weather and exposure, causing some damage over the 15+ years since the mural’s completion.