Public Art: Coatlique Shopping, Tula Sentries, & Mandalas (Plaza de San Jose Shopping Center)*Categories:
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Coatlique Shopping, Tula Sentries, & Mandalas
Artists: Einar and Jamex de la Torre (2005)
The San José Public Art Program in association with project developer Blake Hunt Ventures, commissioned Einar and Jamex de la Torre to collaborate with the community in the creation of artwork for the Story & King Development. The artists created three different artworks, positioned in locations throughout the shopping center parking lot and also on the front and side wall of the Target store. The three distinct works make reference to historic Mexican art forms while integrating the artists' distinct and often humorous take on contemporary culture. The de la Torre brothers incorporate time-honored styles such as Mexican folk art and symbols of Catholicism as well as universal subjects such gender roles and cultural integration. As a result, viewers of their work are able to place one foot in the worlds of pre-Columbian Mexico while the other is planted firmly in contemporary society.
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