SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – People pay tribute to loved ones on this Dia De Los Muertos across San Diego County.
At the Bread & Salt Gallery in Logan Heights, several artists have installed elaborate murals in remembrance of those who have passed away.
“It’s just a beautiful celebration of the lives that have been lived, and not just the mourning of death,” said local visual artist Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio.
This year, we also remember the people who lost their lives to COVID-19.
Ortiz-Rubio created an altar to share with the public, with a projection of a mural she painted outside the building to raise awareness and stop the spread of COVID-19.
His work has been sponsored by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Now she is giving people space to honor their loved ones who have passed away from the virus.
“I just wanted to have a place to recognize that… they were here,” she said.
“I have very handcrafted little frames that people can come and place their loved one’s photo on and pick the spot on the altar.”
The CDPH partnered with Ortiz-Rubio, the owners of the Bread & Salt Gallery and Champions for Health to also set up a mobile vaccination clinic during the event, giving people the opportunity to get vaccinated if any problems have stopped them before.
“I think this is a wonderful initiative, and Jim and Isabel, the owners of the gallery, have fully embraced it and have been very supportive of its realization.” Says Ortiz-Rubio.
The gallery will be open again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday so that the public can view the altars.