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These College Students Painted A Mural For Class And The Results Are Gorgeous

If only all homework assignments were this gorgeous.

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UCLA professor Judith Baca tasked her 10 students to engage in their community by designing and installing a mural.

The students, who took the two-quarter course called Beyond Mexican Mural: Beginning Muralism and Community Laboratory, came through with a 60-foot work of art.


The piece, dubbed "LA Tropical," depicts different social aspects of Los Angeles.

"People are stuck in their little bubbles near campus, but there is a lot of social history in Los Angeles," student Evan Edwards told UCLA's Daily Bruin. "If you live in the area, that history is definitely important to know and think about."

The students asked themselves, "What is L.A. in 2015?"

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"That’s what LA Tropical is," student Jazz Kiang said. "LA Tropical is real in the sense that we’re highlighting what’s not highlighted."

Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.

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