Over the past three days, a new artwork in the form of 32 massive sandstones were lifted, delicately threaded and placed at the Downtown Santa Monica Station on the E Line (Expo).
The towering assembly comprises Saint Monica’s Tears, a sculptural artwork several years in the making by artist Walter Hood, 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. The installation of this monumental sculpture is being led by Arts & Design staff.
Saint Monica, or Santa Monica, is known as the “weeping saint,” as she was said to have shed tears every night over her son Augustine’s hedonistic lifestyle. Father Juan Crespi thought of her eyes when he first saw a pair of sacred springs, named Kuruvungna by the local Tongva tribe, running down the cliffs that rise above the present-day Pacific Coast Highway.
Weighing up to 10,000 pounds each, the trapezoidal stones and forthcoming hand formed glass tears reference the geological and cultural history of Santa Monica that recall Saint Monica, Kuruvungna and the Palisades.
In October of 2017, Hood led a community walk, above the cliffs through Santa Monica’s Palisades Park, which culminated at the Camera Obscura with a talk about his social art and design practice and the Metro artwork.
If you’re traveling through Downtown Santa Monica, look up! In the meantime, scroll below for more action photos.
Categories: Metro Art