FAITH RINGGOLD- People Portraits

People Portraits: in creativity; performing; sports and fashion © Faith Ringgold 2009, Byzantine glass smalti, interior, Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Hill Street between First Street and Temple Street, Civic Center, Los Angeles CA

Photos : METRO © 2011 LACMTA

Ringgold designed 52 individual smalti (glass) mosaics at locations across four mezzanine walls. Each is a personification of creativity, performance, sports and fashion.  Images include models walking the catwalk to boxers, baseball players and surfers frozen in the moment of their athletic skill, along with musicians playing and artists making their mark. 52 amateur and professional representations are illustrated in Ringgold’s signature style of line drawing a simplified figure in a solid, color-block background.

“The content will reflect the creative energy of the Civic Center area.  Thus it will be color studies of people engaged in creative activities such as: art making, music, dance, performance, fashion modeling, etc.”

– Faith Ringgold








Metro artist Faith Ringgold is named one of five “icons” who have transformed the art world by national magazine

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