Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk) by Karl Orozco is an interpretation of the oldest hospital complex and orphanage in the Americas located in Guadalajara, Mexico. ‘Hospicio Cabañas’ was a playable stage in the 1993 arcade hit Super Street Fighter II and served as home court for Thunder Hawk, the first Mexican video game character. Looking inject the character’s backstory with greater historical and cultural relevance is lost in video game’s original depiction, Orozco used heirloom corn kernels to create a pixelated mosaic of Thunder Hawk’s stage on a large column. Orozco draws inspiration from Danza de la Pluma (a traditional dance originating in Oaxaca that reinterprets the Spanish conquest of the Zapotec people) and today’s elote vendors along the park. This sculptural mosaic will be installed at the park entrance on 111th St and 49th Ave.
An unveiling and performance for Hospicio Cabañas will take place on Sunday, June 30th from 3pm to 4:30pm. For the sculpture’s unveiling, Orozco has partnered with New York and New Jersey based Mexican indigenous performance group Tonalxochitl Danzo Mexica to celebrate histories of colonial resistance. Tonalxochitl Danza Mexica is a community organization founded by Cecilia Ortega dedicated to preserving Mexican indigenous ways through music, dance, performance, and ceremony.