Three stations on the new Minneapolis-St.Paul Light Rail Green Line. Done with about 2,200 square feet of tile on dozens of 7'x1.5' small murals on the four sides of 48 light standards, 12 large 6'x11' murals, and 8 medium murals. I used images from my own photo studies and archives. The technique was airbrush over photosilkscreen using low fire cone 06 glazes.
The three stations were the Stadium Village in front of the new University of Minnesota footbal stadium named after a bank whose name I don't want to shill; the Snelling Station in the historic Frogtown ghetto that's fast becoming a barrio; and the 4th and Cedar Station in front of St. Paul City Hall. What these areas represented I put into the mural imagery
They designed the station's space and I put in the past and present culture and history using the airbrushe/silkscreen tile. Considering that there were some 900 photo images, the only a priori oversight on the 3000 or so images that I had to work with was from the UofM, which, of course, I ignored. They give me a space, I design-to-cost, they pay me, and I do it
It was an interesting photojournalist-type journey in diving into stacks of archival material and taking about 1000 pix in the field. Nowadays, anybody with a camera is suspect, and taking pix of the Hmong and Somali in a public bus was an adventure.
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