This mural was created for Wynwood Walls in 2011 by LA-based artist, RETNA (Marquis Lewis). RETNA, who has been painting around Wynwood since 2006, first started with graffiti and eventually developed his own alphabet influenced by Chicano gang writing in Los Angeles and Egyptian and Mayan calligraphic traditions. His Wynwood Walls piece, a stylistic change from his Los Angeles walls with its large white letters on a red background, pays homage to people who have passed away, as he wrote "sacred dance of memories" and "salva los espiritus santos" (save the holy spirits) in the two rows of letters that we see.
Wynwood Walls, located on a six-building complex along NW 2nd Avenue between NW 25th and NW 26th Streets, was opened by Tony Goldman and Goldman Properties in 2009 to bring together the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art. In 2010, Tony added the Wynwood Doors, 176-feet of roll-up storefront gates. And in 2011, murals outside the complex have been commissioned for Outside the Walls.