In Chan Kaajal Park
17th and Folsom
There are two California birds represented in this Mission district park. They are painted water-jet cut steel panels created by Carmen Lomas Garza.
San Francisco-based artist was born in 1948 in Kingsville, Texas. She attended Texas Arts and Industry University (now Texas A&M) and received a BS in art education. She also holds a Master of Education and a Master of Arts degree.
She is well known for her paintings, ofrendas and for her papel picado work inspired by her Mexican-American heritage. Her work is a part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Mexican Museum the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Oakland Museum of California, among other institutions.
In Chan Kaajal is Mayan for our little neighborhood. Lopez has a second public art piece at the San Francisco airport. You can read about that piece here.