The Azteca Moderno mural at Underground Atlanta by Dan Flores aka DTM aka DeltaTangoMike was painted in 5 days with the assistance of over 15 artists. The video captured in those five days have been condensed into a one hour frame lapse video.
About Azteca Moderno Art Series:
The Born and raised in East Los Angeles, my Mexican history is evident in the multitude of murals and art in our neighborhoods.
Many a mural tell the story of the Aztec Gods leading the Nahuatl people across the continent, from the mythical land of Aztlan to the south towards modern day Mexico City, to the city-state once known as Tenochtitlan.
Spending my early childhood in the classroom in Mexico City, I listened to the stories of Aztec victory, bravery and defeat of the Aztec Empire.
Stories that included amazing Aztec Gods like
Tezcatlipoca, God of Destiny.
Quetzalcoatl, God of Learning and Creativity.
Chalchiuhtlicue, Goddess of Water, Life and Beauty.
Chicomecoatl, Goddess of Agriculture and Plenty.
Myth and History have no beginning and no end. We are part of that Myth, we are the continuation of that History. Azteca Moderno is my interpretation of those myths into modern day physical realities through my creative expression on the columns in Underground Atlanta.
Atlanta is a city of diversity and inclusion. The Mexican and LatinX population have steadily grown from the Buford Hwy Corridor to south of Hartsfield Airport as proof that given a chance, our cultures can thrive together in harmony.
The Aztec characters have creative tools like pencils, pens and markers instead of weapons. We are in charge of creating our futures now.
About the Photos: The talented Zephaniah https://www.instagram.com/zephtography/
About the Atlanta Underground Mural:
Azteca Moderno Mural at Underground Atlanta is part of the program by WRS to revitalize downtown Atlanta with awesome art in partnership with Cultivating Cultures, Art Is King and local artists.
The first step are the white pillars sitting along Upper Alabama Street, Artists DTM, C Flux Sings, Travis Love and Pash Lima were commissioned to bring to life art that represents culture, diversity, inclusiveness and togetherness.
The pillars at the intersection of Upper Alabama Street and Pryor Street were chosen by DTM for their proximity to the Post Office Co-work (our awesome sponsor!) building, a classic Atlanta landmark now in use by the local tech and entrepreneurship community.
About the artists:
DTM designed the Azteca Moderno Mural, started with markers and finished with paintbrushes. In between, a long list of awesome artists gave their time to contribute their artistic skills.
DTM is thankful for the opportunity to produce Azteca Moderno for the Atlanta community!
East LA Artist living it up in ATL