Series TitleMexican People
Raul Anguiano (Mexican, 1915 – 2006)
DimensionsSheet : 15 1/8 x 17 5/8 in. (38.42 x 44.77 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelLime is a calcium-rich mineral that was traditionally produced by burning limestone or chalk in large kilns. It is a vital ingredient in cement and concrete around the world. In Mexico it is also often used to whitewash adobe houses and to prepare maize for cooking. Making lime can be dangerous. The smoke from the kilns contains particles that can damage the lungs, while the intense light of the kiln fire can damage the eyes. Raul Anguiano captures the hot, back-breaking nature of lime production in this image of a lime factory near the town of Tula de Allende in central Mexico.