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Artwork: Many Trails (José Ortiz)

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Location: 183rd Street · Installed: 2006

"Using architecture and landmarks, the work that I am presenting is a depiction of the cultural and historical perspective of the area, which is known as the University Heights section of The Bronx. The Bronx takes its name from Bronck's Farms, an early settler in the area. Swedish immigrant, Jonas Bronck's 500-acre farm lay between the Harlem River and the Aquahung River, now the Bronx River.

The theme of "Many Trails" symbolizes the multiculturalism of this area from the time when Native Americans inhabited the land through today's immigrant population. "Many Trails" also symbolizes travel and finding one's way through the use of visual history. The first panels show the area in which the Siwanoy Nation, a branch of the Mohicans, resided before 1693. In this panel, I have incorporated the "Many Trails" symbol used by the Mohicans to symbolize the many moves they had to endure throughout their history. Panel #3 is a representation of the first settlement of Europeans in the area.

Although there is no actual founding date for University Heights, the creation of this community included the Aqueduct, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, which is housed at Bronx Community College. Through the use of architecture and landmarks several panels represent this area and the era of its founding.

Panel #11 represents the continuity to the story-- in order to understand where you are going, you must first know where you are coming from. The "Many Trails" symbol appears again as way to connect the historical perspective of people from all walks of life and varied cultures who have found their way to this small lay of the land."-- José Ortiz. Source: cuny.edu.

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