Dream of a Natural Paradise

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For many decades California holds the title as being the best Arcadian environment out there. Starr as well as many other authors have commented on how humans have always had “a respectful closeness to nature”(13), locating and adventuring out into some of the most beautiful places our earth encapsulates. All over California these places are evident from the beautiful redwoods to the Sacramento mountain ranges, the dream of a natural paradise is obtainable. Whether you want to go fishing, surfing, kayaking, or hiking , it is up to you to decide, for many imagining this dream is easy. As we approach the top of the hill shimmering with reflections of crisp green forest trees and wildlife roaming in all directions the quaint bungalow appears. Surrounded by open blue skies and rugged dirt trails this home is among the many hidden treasures that still exist today. The bright and airy porch containing two small white rocking chairs, perfect for a small cup of tea and a good book. As you enter the house the smell of pine and citrus fill the air bringing back memories of last summer’s adventures. Many aspects of California art and Chicano Park in particular expose the dream of a natural Arcadia. While some pieces endorse the dream others threaten the dream, and every once in a while you will find a piece that simultaneously accomplishes both.

The picturesque mural Founding of Mexico City elaborates on the positive side of

the dream of a natural paradise. Located on the ceiling of a large, white gazebo in the middle of the park the lakeside scene creates a dramatic effect differing from its surrounding atmosphere. While the dictionary provides the definition of Arcadia in its most simplest form, McClung has defined it in a more comple...

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McClung, William Alexander. “Inventing Utopia.” Landscapes of Desire: Anglo Mythologies of Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. 4-9, 19-33. Print.

Orosco, Juanishi. Mandala. Chicano Park, San Diego.

Sanchez-Tranquilino, Marcos. “Murales de Movimiento.” Signs from the Heart: California Chicano Murals. Eds. Cockcroft, Eva Sperling and Holly Barnet- Sanchez. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990. 84-101. Print.

Starr, Kevin. “California a Dream.” California: A People, A Place, A Dream. Eds. Claudia K. Jurmain and James J. Rawls. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1986. 13-21. Print.

Vargas, De Tony, Aguirre, Vidal, Adame, Felipe. Founding of Mexico City. Chicano Park, San Diego.
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