Renowned local painter Javier Niño was invited by the
Santa Barbara - Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities committee
to paint a mural in the public high school of Isla Vista,
CA, that will include the symbols and friendship that
exists between the two peoples. 25 students will help
him in the project.
We should recall
that Californian Manuel Unzueta painted a mural in Puerto
Vallarta back in 1976, with the same feeling of brotherhood.
Unfortunately, his work is presently abandoned in the
public library located in Hidalgo Park, whose future
is very uncertain right now. The building is slated
for demolition and the books are to be transferred to
a new local in Mojoneras, all due to the public parking
project. In that regard, Javier
NIÑO pointed out that the ideal would be to protect the
mural either by transporting it elsewhere or leaving
the wall there, but protected with some sort of roof.
He said he knew the artist well as he is a friend of
his. "Manuel Unzueta is a very famous artist, he is
one of California's greats, he's done many murals in
the Western States, he is very much sought after," said
Niño to justify the value of the work that has been
so underestimated in Puerto Vallarta.
He recalled how
he met with Manuel about a month ago, when NIÑO was in
Santa Barbara when he exhibited his work at the War
Museum there. He told Manuel of the risk that his old
work here would disappear. The response was one of resigned
sadness, but it appears that the Committee may have
already asked Manuel to paint another mural in Vallarta.