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Artist: Robert Delgado
Material: Ceramic tile
Six light columns (four panels each) with ceramic tile inserts on each platform (12 total); four large walls with ceramic tile inserts on street side only. Ceramic tile inserts consist of mosaic panels with photo silkscreened images of past and present history and world cultural motifs
The tiles are silk-screen glazed and airbrushed with images created by stenciling. The process is complex, with the historic photographs divided into sections of imagery, and then each section being divided into high contrast darks and lights. Stencils are made from these dark and light facets. The stencils are applied to the tile and block out areas of the tile for airbrushing. Finally, glaze is added by using a squeeze bottle to create colorful trailings across the images. The glazed tiles are then low-fired in a kiln. The imagery for this station is drawn from photos of local businesses along University, the State Fair, bus riders, Gordon Parks High School and others.
Born and raised in Koreatown of Los Angeles, Roberto L. Delgado is both a public and studio artist whose mural works feature his encounters with the people, neighborhood and community that surround him.
Delgado spent nearly two decades in Chiapas State, Mexico, where he practiced and refined his mural painting skills. He eventually began to include mediums such as photosilkscreen and tiles into his public art practice.
Delgado was the recipient of the 1995 Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Honduras and the 1987 Fulbright Research Fellowship in Mexico. His achievements include commissioned projects with local governments in Los Angeles, San Jose and the Twin Cities.
El Pueblo, San Jose, CA 1999
Here are some fun Minnesota images to be found in the mosaics at Snelling Avenue Station.
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