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Solar Shift: San Bernardino and Santa Monica,2006

Solar Shift: San Bernardino and Santa Monica

Project Description

Roy Nicholson’s artwork for two facing concrete wall locations at a below grade portal celebrates the natural beauty of Los Angeles’ favorable geographic position on the 34th parallel. The glass mosaic murals reflect the east-west orientation of the walls by depicting the Santa Monica sunset to the west and the San Bernardino Mountains to the east.

Artist Statement

“The concept relies on the light-reflecting quality and textural beauty of glass mosaic, which allows for a great range of rich, jewel-like colors that will contrast effectively with the existing bare concrete walls.”

About the Artist

ROY NICHOLSON received a National Diploma in Design from the Hornsey College of Art, London- where he studied with Bridget Riley. He later studied at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art as Max Beckmann Memorial Scholar, and later received a Master of Fine Arts from Norwich University, Vermont. Nicholson was Professor of Art at Southampton College of Long Island University from 1986- 2005. He has exhibited widely throughout the Unites States and completed two Venetian glass murals for the NYC MTA Arts for Transit Program.

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