The following story comes from our friends at Mosaic Art Now. They tipped us off to this jaw-dropping mosaic project from 2012 at a metro station in Puente Alto, a suburb outside of Santiago, Chile.
The massive work — covering 4,000 square meters acorss three metro stations, 83 support pillars and concrete walls — was the brainchild of artist Isidora Paz López and the city’s outgoing mayor Manuel José Ossandon. With a team of about 32 people, the artist set to work on completing the project in about two years.
We especially enjoy the process photography present in this series, which leads us through the creation of many of the pillars. The artists start work by taping a photograph of an animal against the bare wall and creating the work beside it. Each step amps up the energy of the series until the final, eye-melting conclusion. The colors are glossy and vibrant. The angular geometry of each work creates texture and depth, making it appear as though cacti, birds and spiders are leaping off the wall at us (sorry to put the image of gigantic leaping spiders in your heads, readers).
A gallery of images follow. Please be sure to read Mosaic Art Now’s thorough piece of criticism on the work (linked above). Another article about the installation can be read in Andamento, availible online here.
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