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Olvera Street’s Newest Attraction: Antonio Aguilar

Towering high above the ground on a galloping horse, Mexican singer-actor Antonio Aguilar was celebrated last weekend with the unveiling of a statue in his honor.


Top Left: Mariachi performances were part of Sunday’s celebration, Flor Silvestre and Antonio Aguilar also performed. Bottom left: The men who designed and built the monument pose next to the covered statue beforethe official unveiling. Right: The bronze statue depicts the late Mexican icon on horseback, as he was often seen during his performances, a unique combination of concert and equestrian show. (Photos courtesy of the Office of Councilman Jose Huizar and Barrio Planners.)

The unveiling was part of the 16th of September, Mexican Independence Day festivities at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument on Sunday.

The statue’s sculptor was local artist Dan Medina. Barrio Planners, an architectural firm responsible for the Eastside Gold Line extension and East L.A.’s iconic Whittier Boulevard arch, donated labor for the project. Frank Villalobos was architect for the project, while Francisco Villalobos designed the pedestal base and fountain element of the statue.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this historical moment. Barrio Planners Inc. was pleased to be a part in this historical endeavor and design the Antonio Aguilar Monument. I was the lucky one at BPI to be able to design the fountain /statue base, and was fortunate to be able coordinate master in their trade: Dan Medina the sculpture, Khorin Salmassian P.E. the structural engineer; Ruben Sosa Carlos stone mason, Vincor Inc. the general contractor, and of course Barrio Planners Inc. the architect and construction manager with Frank Villalobos,” said Francisco Villalobos, Barrio Planners Inc.

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