Keep your eyes out when you Go Metro for our latest “Through the Eyes of Artists” poster, featuring Irwindale, depicted by William Acedo. The Irwindale art poster is the thirty-third in the series of posters featuring neighborhoods and destinations served by Metro.
The public is invited to meet the artist and receive free, signed copies of his poster on Wednesday, April 8, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the Irwindale Public Library.
The first two posters to be released this year featured Lakewood and Glendale.
“Jardin de las Rocas” (garden of rocks) the name given to the area by early Spanish settlers, the artwork celebrates the rich confluence of landscapes, cultures and histories that intersect within the city of Irwindale. Acedo was struck by the layers of history shaping the landscape.
“I witnessed the San Gabriel River as it burst from mountains to industrial plains of Irwindale today. I immediately thought of how vital this site must have been for the nearby native settlement, Azuksagna, home of the local Tongva/Gabrielino indigenous people. My resulting panoramic drawing aims to not only draw attention to the geological beauty of the site, but also alludes to the panorama of history and the various inhabitants who lived on this land up till today.” – William Acedo
William Acedo has exhibited locally at such institutions as Self Help Graphics, the Vortex and District Gallery and has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Acedo’s artwork is included in a number of prestigious collections including the George Lopez collection, Cheech Marin collection and the Smithsonian Institute. He has also created murals in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Berlin.
About “Through the Eyes of Artists”
In the tradition of celebrating transportation through colorful travel destination posters, Metro commissions a diverse range of Los Angeles artists to create original artworks for the “Through the Eyes of Artists” poster series. The purpose of the award-winning series is to increase ridership by highlighting neighborhood locations throughout the county, encouraging the public to access the Metro system and enjoy traveling to Los Angeles’s many diverse communities. Established in 2003, the posters are displayed on board Metro trains and buses. View the whole Metro Art series by clicking here.