“Nuevo Mundo” is a piece by Long Beach artist Miranda Villanueva, based largely on elements from both the Tongva People (the original inhabitants of the area), the official seal of the city of Long Beach, and science. The focal point depicts a Tongva basket with an atom woven in the middle to symbolize how everything in life comes together in the end, despite the changes of time. Directly behind the basket are two Tongva people wearing masks, which depict the fearlessness and boldness of those faced to embrace change. Monarch butterflies fly between the two people, marking the formation of new beginnings. Finally, the raven mask signifies the complexity of being one with nature, while having knowledge, wisdom, and respect for the land.
In its entirety, the piece represents the historical transformation of the city of Long Beach, the evolution of the Southern California Coast, and the positive changes the SACNAS community is working to bring to all sectors of STEM.