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: