Saturday, January 22, 2011

Public art by Carlos Espinoza

by Carlos Espinoza

We all have our biases (my mother would prefer I never paint anything but flowers or portraits) and if push came to shove, I'd readily admit that historically I haven't been the biggest fan of carved brick. Local sculptor Carlos Espinoza has made me realize that when done right, bas relief can be downright beautiful.

These are pictures of a commissioned project he did for the National Guard in Tacoma back in 2005. The eagle, a common theme in his work, is just amazing.
The Washington National Guard commissioned artist Carlos Espinoza of West Seattle to carve a bas-relief of the Great Seal of the United States in a plaza at the Guard Headquarters in Tacoma.

The sixteen-foot diameter relief is composed of over 500 concrete paver bricks carved on location. After finishing the main project Espinoza recycled the leftover pavers to make two benches adjacent to the plaza, one of the which is shown in the photo.”

Espinoza, who hails from Mexican province of Chihuahua, is a skilled carver who works in several media, including clay, stone, brick, metal and wood. His artwork often draws on motifs created by the Aztec and Mayan peoples, with whom he shares a common heritage. A common theme in his artwork is the image of the eagle, which represents freedom in many indigenous cultures. - The Rozella Review

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