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Frida’s Commie Comet

I just returned from several weeks in Mexico. The color, sounds, and art of this country are truly inspiring. A highlight was the visit to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s “Casa Azul” in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City.

As a mosaic enthusiast, I was excited to find a rarely seen example of the communist ‘sickle and hammer’ motif designed as a comet emblazoned across the ceiling of their patio. Diego and Frida were ardent communists and they incorporated this philosophy into their lives and artwork. The mosaic is made of local volcanic lava rock, as is the exterior of the house. Also, I visited the Library and the Siquieros mural at the University in Mexico City which are both stunning and masterful uses of mosaic. Stay tuned for these and more photos of Mexico in the Travel Diary!