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Roses for Rosa

Study from artwork concept development by artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre

Project Description

[2019 WORK-IN-PROGRESS] Artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre have been hard at work developing designs for a future artwork at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station since their selection by a community-based art advisory group. The designs were further informed by  pop-up events with riders and community members. The artworks are part of a range of improvements currently underway at the station.

Jamex and Einar de la Torre have conceived a grouping of sculptures for the public plaza that celebrate  Rosa Parks’ legacy. In addition to paying homage to the significance of her actions and their resonance, the artists also reference the warmth of home and strength of communal gathering that is central to the surrounding neighborhoods. The artworks will offer shade and a unifying focal point for  the plaza for the community to activate through future events. The de la Torre brothers will host community engagement activities in the coming months as the artwork design evolves.

Artist Statement

“We’re very comfortable with the baroque and quite uninterested in minimalism.” Their striking and community responsive works are a visual and intellectual hybrid realized through collaboration. 

About the Artist

Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. The de la Torre brothers presently live and work on both sides of the border with studios in San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico. The brothers have collaborated for over twenty years, have accomplished 16 solo museum exhibitions, 7 major public art projects; and have won 3 prestigious awards. (Tiffany foundation award, The Joan Mitchell Award and recently the USA Artists Award) The brothers have taught workshops and exhibited their work across the world. This year they have exhibitions coming up in France, Orlando, San Diego and Seattle.