A mural on a busy street in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, indicating the second coming of Jesus, is credited to donated space and Adventist students who took six days to complete the job. The mural, located on Calle Diamante (or Diamante Street) in Ensenada, which is Mexico’s second largest port city, depicts Jesus coming in a cloud of crying angels through a cemetery surrounded by barren mountains. It is the work of two art graduates from Montemorelos University run by Seventh-day Adventists in Montemorelos, Mexico.
“The whole objective [of the work] is to reach others with the gospel,” said Pastor Edgardo Beltrán, district pastor of nearby Ensenada 14 Adventist Church. “Our church members are very excited about the project.” This is the first time that the district of the church participates in such a project, they welcomed the artists and helped with the logistics.
Priscila Rivera and Pablo Sánchez, two former students of Montemorelos University’s visual arts program, traveled with their professor, Luis Medina, who coordinates the visual arts department on campus, to work on the project during the week of June 21 to 28, 2022.
“I was struck by the acceptance and curiosity of people who passed by,” Rivera said. “Sometimes I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but a car would pass with a whole family stopping just to cheer us on, or people shouting from afar telling us it looked good. ” It’s encouraging when people trust your work, she added.
Sánchez, a former classmate of Rivera’s – together they had collaborated on other murals: one at the entrance to the Montemorelos University church and another on the walls of the gymnasium – said that this particular paint flowed well. “It was a freestyle technique that we didn’t rely on anything in particular, but a penchant for illustration.” People had a positive reaction when they saw the mural. “They stopped to ask what it was about and to see a bit of the process, and that it was a positive message, unlike the kind of street art people are used to seeing.”
For a mural with a religious background, it surprised them that it piqued people’s interest.
“The theme of the second coming is of interest to Seventh-day Adventists and a little mysterious,” Medina said. “We rather imagine what it will be, what will happen, and we try to interpret it through colors and shapes.” The mural includes colors that are not so traditional, he said, but rather colors influenced by the urban pop art palette, he explained. “We used a combination of the latest styles and trends.”
The Ensenada 14 Adventist Church, one of six in the district, has designated a team to follow up on people who call or contact them through social media posted on the board itself, Pastor Beltrán said. . The project saw the collaboration of the Baja California Conference and the North Mexico Union.
Church leaders said the mural should be on display for a year.