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Art in Public Places

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Art-in-Public-Places-1Public Arts Commission

Purpose: The purpose of the Public Arts Commission shall be to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters pertaining to the enrichment of the community through fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, arts education, historic preservation and cultural issues; to serve as an advocate for cultural activities and programs within the City; to implement the City’s Art in Public Places Program, and to encourage the integration of cultural affairs into the social and economic fabric of the City to improve the quality of life for City residents. Art in public places are intended to promote the general welfare of the public through the acquisition and installation of public art works (Municipal Code Chapter 4.48). 

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Date Farmers

722 Vine Street (north facing wall)



The Date Farmers kicked off the project on Cesar Chavez Day, with a mural alongside "El Centro del Trabajador" or the "Center for the Worker" on Vine Street, where Cesar Chavez spent some of his time organizing farmworkers.

"We decided to do something related to the farmworkers' history," Lerma said.

The brightly colored mural depicts two men who appear to be marching. A car in the background carries their luggage.


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Casa De Trabajador

Date Farmers


Sego y Ovbal

722 Vine Street (south facing wall)

As part of the Coachella Walls ( TCW ) Sego gives life to one of the walls of what was the former home of workers in Coachella , California where Cesar Chavez and the peasants fought for labor rights.

“The leathery hands are farmers who formed this land, heart and grape leaves representing peasants gathered Cesar Chavez decided to make a strike that changed history in terms of labor rights. Swallows are bird’s migrants living in this region and represent migrants in the heart is tattooed Mexico representing the love and bond with all of them and their descendants in the country, and while away the lead in the heart. "

- Sego


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La Cosecha Del Futuro Se Siembra Con La Semilla Del Pasado

Sego y Ovbal


El Mac

Northwest corner of 6th Street and Vine Avenue

Sobio says that in addition to stimulating foot traffic to the area, the “Coachella Walls” project is meant to raise awareness for the larger Eastern Coachella Valley and is dedicated “to the anonymous farm worker.”

“There are a lot of farmers working in bad conditions in certain parts of the Eastern Valley,” he says. “It’s a poor city, a forgotten city. We want to shed some light on that. We want to recognize the farmers and  the city of Coachella and the Eastern Valley, because they have something to say -- that they exist.” 


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Anonymous Farm Worker

El Mac


Andrew Hem

1560 6th Street (east facing wall)

Hem’s personality and as well as his art unite two cultures, the gentle animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban art of the Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually came to rest. Working in gouache, oil and acrylic, he weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette.  Andrew Hem’s introspective paintings evoke the life of the spirit through the visionary manifestation of memories and dreams.


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Andrew Hem


Juan Ramirez

6th Street between Vine Avenue and Orchard Avenue

Located in front of Coachella City Hall is a figurative sculpture of a mother and son titled 'Motherhood' by artist Juan Ramirez and created in May, 1993.


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Juan Ramirez


Community Mural

Shady Lane East side of Street across from Dateland Park



The entire wall is divided into segments varying in length from 50 to 100 feet, each one featuring a different artist and their visual interpretation of the historically significant event.



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Shady Lane Mural


Community Mural


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