America Tropical Interpretive Center


In 1932, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), one of the great Mexican artists of the twentieth century, was commissioned to paint an idealized tropical scene on a second story exterior wall on Olvera Street, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Siqueiros instead created America Tropical, a monumental mural depicting an overgrown jungle with a crucified Indian peasant surmounted by an American eagle, at which revolutionary soldiers aim thier rifles.

Learn about the censorship and re-birth of this important mural at the America Tropical Interpretive Center, located in the center of Olvera Street.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm. Free admission.

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