About the Contest
As part of the premier of “The Bridge,” FX hosted a national art contest for the Latino American art community between 6/4/2013 and 6/17/2013. The contest asked amateur artists in 5 major cities (Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL and New York, NY) to create original work inspired by the collaboration and connection between Latino and American cultures. A panel of expert judges selected the best entries in each location and the winning artists had their murals erected and received a $1,500 cash prize.
We were on hand in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood for the unveiling of Tim Alamillo’s winning submission. Alamillo described his piece as a combination of the hand styles of calligraphy and graffiti, which he dubs, “Caligraffiti.”
When asked what the meaning was or interpretation of the mural, Alamillo likened it to the Statue of Liberty in New York. He pointed out that, “other immigrants, like Irish, German, and others,” have the Statue of Liberty to welcome them as they enter the country. He explained that the image is not intended to be a replica or representative of Lady Liberty, but rather a symbol that Mexican immigrants can look to as an illustration of their freedom.