Monday, July 23, 2012

Back to the Metro

Comic book art is the theme of the mosaics at the USC Station of our Expo Metro line.

Samuel Rodriquez designed 20 panels, each 8 feet wide, of mosaics in bright colors, all with white silhouettes of bicycle parts over them. Here is his artistic statement about the work, titled Urban Dualities:

“One thing many of us do when using public transportation is travel. Both physically and in our mind’s eye. When we look at something, we may be seeing a face, a light pole, perhaps somebody’s shoe, but simultaneously what happens is a mental picture. To capture the nature of public transportation is to crop different and small moments that form together to tell a story.”

Rodriquez actually lives in Northern California, where he was raised. His studio in San Jose is called Shortyfatz. The name comes from a comic strip he was doing about ten years ago. The picture above and the one below is from that website.

I love this shot of work on the mosaics--it's from The Source Blog, a Metro site, but I suspect it originally came from Mosaika studios in Montreal, where all the Expo line mosaics were assembled:

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