En color Vivo: Local artist Lizbeth Ortiz pays homage to Mexican icons in Midtown Houston for Hispanic Heritage Month🎨

Local artist Lizbeth Ortiz pays homage to Mexican icons who made history in Midtown Houston for Hispanic Heritage Month (Alex Barber, © Alex Barber)

HOUSTON – ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

This Hispanic Heritage Month, Midtown Houston is honoring Mexican history and culture in a way that all Houstonians get to experience.

The Bayou City is home to one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country, with rich culture, history and tradition radiating throughout the city. Local artist Lizbeth Ortiz designed an art installation for the iconic Midtown letters at Bagby Park, highlighting those who paved the way for today’s generation of activists, entrepreneurs and heroic figures from the Hispanic community.

According to a news release, Ortiz’s artwork honors six prominent Mexican leaders who made history in Houston. The installation represents a visual Day of the Dead altar with each letter representing one of the historical figures surrounded by the tools they used to make a difference in the Houston community.

Art installation pays homage to Hispanic Houstonians who've made significant impact (Midtown Houston)

The artwork features Ninfa Laurenzo of the famous Ninfa’s restaurant, Lydia Mendoza, who is considered the “Mother of Tejano Music,” activist and elected official Leonel Castillo, and more.

The traditional elements used in altars, such as flowers, papel, picado, candles, and food, are present in each letter. The center letter “T” serves as the anchor to the altar and is represented by the Aztec Mother Earth, Tonantzin, a news release said. See the full descriptions here.

Local artist Lizbeth Ortiz pays homage to Mexican icons who made history in Midtown Houston for Hispanic Heritage Month (© Alex Barber)
Local artist Lizbeth Ortiz pays homage to Mexican icons who made history in Midtown Houston for Hispanic Heritage Month (© Alex Barber)

Visit Bagby Park, located at 415 Gray St., to see the art installation, which will be on display until Saturday, Oct. 15.


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