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American snapshot: Nuestra Señora de libertad

Photo by N.Y.D.F./Flickr

The Virgin of Liberty stencil on a wall in Brooklyn, February 2009

In honor of today's feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's beloved religious icon and comfort to generations of Mexican immigrants who have made the United States their home, I'm reposting this photo of street artist Fernando Paz's "The Virgin of Liberty." Paz, who goes by N.Y.D.F., is a native of Mexico City transplanted to New York. His stencil, a fitting amalgam of what many immigrants seek and what they bring with them, is found throughout New York City.

Paz wrote to me in an email a few months ago that the image was inspired by his experience as he tried “to adopt the city as much to us, as I to her.”