SAN DIEGO – Artists revealed restored cultural paintings in Chicano Park Friday.

A $1.6 million grant from the federal government provided the funding for restoration of 18 murals in the historic park in Barrio Logan.

“As a young artist I remember coming to San Diego and thinking ‘gosh I wish I could have a mural up at Chicano park,’” painter Mario Chacon said.

The bright art pieces have brought people to Chicano Park since the 1970’s, but time has taken it’s toll.

The artists working on the restoration said each painting has significant symbolism.

“What was placed at the top of the mural was a banner proclaiming the battle cry of the day,” Chcon said. “The idea being that the community would build a green zone, a recreational area from here to the bay.”