Piece by Piece — an L.A.-based arts organization with a history of working with veterans — has been selected by visual arts professionals and representatives from the veteran community to design a mosaic artwork at a site next to the Westwood/VA Hospital Station. This is part of the Metro Art program for the Westside Purple (D Line) Extension Project.
Piece by Piece will engage veterans in designing the mosaic through public workshops that will take place this Summer and Fall.
The mosaic artwork’s design will honor a section of the National Veterans Mural by artist and U.S. Navy veteran Peter Stewart, dedicated in 1995, a portion of which will be decommissioned during the construction of the future Westwood/VA Hospital Station. This decommissioned section of the original mural, which cannot be relocated due to the age and condition of the wall, is currently painted on the off-ramp wall from westbound Wilshire Boulevard to Bonsall Avenue near the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) West Los Angeles Medical Center. The majority of the over 23,000-square-foot mural, will remain and be protected in place during construction.
Once it is fabricated, the new mosaic artwork designed with veterans through the Piece by Piece workshops will be installed on a free-standing wall on the north side of the off-ramp, directly across the street from the original site of the mural.
“This project is important for preservation of historical events and artwork. It is continuing the legacy that was created by Peter Stewart and honors his work and our Veterans. The future artwork will be an updated homage that will allow it to live on for many more years in mosaic form.” – Veterans Legacy Art Project Panelist, Jennifer La Vita (Artist and U.S. Army Veteran)
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