Saturday, January 28, 2023

Mural in Tijuana celebrates the bicentennial of United States-Mexico diplomatic relations

A new mural commemorating 200 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States on the esplanade of the El Trompo Museum in Tijuana.

Work two nations, one future by Mexican artist Enrique Chiu, depicts the cultural aspects and distinctive landmarks of two countries and two neighboring cities: Tijuana and San Diego. The colorful mural is approximately 34 x 2 metres.

“This work represents the deep, rich and wide-ranging relationship between our two great nations,” Tom Riot, US Consul General in Tijuana, said during the mural’s unveiling ceremony. “Our countries are neighbors and partners, strengthened by common values, strong trade ties and shared cultural links in science, arts, culture, sports and gastronomy.”

Riot said the educational activities offered by the El Trompo Museum are an example of cross-border influence. Over the years, the US Consulate in Tijuana and the museum have collaborated on educational and scientific programs that bring students and faculty from both countries together, Reot said.

George Currie, chairman of the museum’s board of directors, praised the relationship as well as “recognition of friendship” between the two countries.

The presentation of this new mural is part of a series of cultural activities that began last year to celebrate the bicentenary. Among them, an exhibition by photographer Harry Crosby at the Tijuana Cultural Center and the unveiling of a commemorative sculpture at the San Ysidro crosswalk.

On December 12, 1822, James Monroe, then President of the United States, met at the White House with José Manuel Zozaya y Bermúdez, the first Mexican diplomat in the United States.

George Currie, President of the El Trompo Museum’s Directing Council, Sinai Rojas, artist representing Enrique Chiu, and Tom Rott, Consul General of the United States in Tijuana.

(San Diego Union-Tribune)

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