“Among the oldest structures on the San Diego State University campus is the Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) complex. At its center is a quad featuring a beautiful but long-dry fountain amid a series of staircases and doors.
In the quad’s northwest corner is an entrance to a small foyer presenting doors to three rooms: a dance studio, a restroom and a meeting room. They are uniformly unremarkable on the outside, but the scene behind the meeting room door is astonishing.
The space is dominated by a colorful mural running the length of the room. “Market,” as the painting is called, depicts 23 figures at an ancient marketplace engaged in various activities against a backdrop that includes images of an Aztec temple and deity.
ENS faculty and staff now regularly use the room for meetings, but current plans call for it to be updated as a space for teaching assistants and other purposes. Remodeling will require removal of asbestos and lead-based wall paint, posing a possible threat to the mural.”