Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An angel for Jaime Escalante...

I'm always delighted to spot new angels around Los Angeles, the affectionately titled City of Angels, and I'm also heartened when these angel sightings have special significance.

This giant portrait is along Wilshire Boulevard near MacArthur Park in the Westlake neighbourhood of L.A. is a tribute to Edward James Olmos as math teacher Jaime Escalante, who was made famous in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.
Edward James Olmos and Jaime Escalante mural Los Angeles
The dramatisation is about the true story of Jaime Escalante's work at Garfield High in East L.A., where he challenged the system and fought to educate his inner city students.
Hector Ponce mural angels
Edward James Olmos, most recently seen as 'Admiral Adama' in Battlestar Galactica, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the real-life educator.
Stand and Deliver movie poster
Sadly, Jaime Escalante recently died on the 30th March 2010, after battling bladder cancer.
Stand and Deliver mural tribute by Hector ponce
The fantastic wall mural is by self-taught mural and commercial artist Hector Ponce, originally from El Salvador and now living on his ranch north of L.A.

Now if only every angel sighting had such an interesting history to it...

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