#3 - 8 Stages in the Life of a Chicana
Location: 1250 S. Trinity St
Dimensions: 81'4" x 8'
Original date: December 1995
Original artists: Cruz Ortiz, Carlos Espinoza
Restoration 1 date: 2004
Restoration 1 artists: Cardee and Gerry Garcia
Restoration 2 date: 2017
Restoration 2 artist: Adriana Abundis and youth volunteers
The mural follows the life, cultural and spiritual education, and growth of a Chicana living on the West Side of San Antonio. Members of the original mural crew were mostly middle and high school students from in and around the Alazan-Apache Public Housing neighborhood. The artists worked together to create a public story book, with each section of the fence functioning as a page in the main character's life. When Cardee and Gerry Garcia restored the mural in 2004, they stayed very faithful to the original design but did alter the final panel. At first, it showed the woman featured in the mural on a bench swing with her comadre. Gerry and Cardee changed the image to the woman sitting on a sofa with her husband, perhaps because the artists are themselves a married couple.