Jody Zellen designed terrazzo paving areas and porcelain enamel steel panels for station platforms. Artwork designs incorporate images from the San Fernando Valley that trace its architectural history and its relationship to the city of Los Angeles. Text based work includes a verse from the San Fernando Valley song and a quote by Catherine Mulholland. The song was written by Gordon Jenkins and sung by Roy Rogers, in the 1943 Republic Pictures western “San Fernando Valley”. The selected verse reads:
I’m gonna settle down and never more roam, and make the San Fernando Valley my home.
“When making public artworks, I like to take into consideration the site and the architecture of the area. Usually my projects involve an integration of historical and contemporary imagery that are juxtaposed to create a unique artwork. My works deal with themes relating to architecture and the city and by placing the work in the public realm and in the actual city, it has a greater impact and reaches more people than when it is placed on a gallery wall.”
JODY ZELLEN’s photography has been included in: the XXV Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil; Art Future, Taipei; the Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. She also completed a permanent public art project for the Metro Orange Line Reseda Station in Los Angeles and the Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento.
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