An imagined bookshelf containing mementos of Temple City is highlighted in Metro Art’s new poster for the Through the Eyes of Artists poster series that you can see aboard Metro buses.
The city’s many stories — past, present and future — are woven against a backdrop of rolling hills and palms. Viewers might peruse this calming depiction of Temple City by artist Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza for references and insight, as one might explore a favorite bookstore or friend’s shelf of treasures.
Books on the shelf represent indigenous communities of the area, the Woman’s Club, Temple City High School, the Camellia Festival, California architectural home design, gardening and future stories yet to be written. Objects depict the dome-shaped office of Temple City’s founder: a medal honoring the veteran community; a historic Red Car, and; a peony for the many Asian immigrants who make Temple City home.
The iconic Performing Arts Pavilion at Temple City Park — where concerts, tai chi and farmers’ markets bring people together — is also featured on the poster.
Meet artist Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza and receive a free, signed copy of the poster this Wednesday, August 3, during an upcoming concert in the Performing Arts Pavilion, part of Temple City’s free summer music series:
Wednesday, August 3 from 7-9pm
Concerts in the Park
Temple City Park
9701 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, 91780
Sgt. Peppers will be the band playing for the evening. Metro Art staff will be on hand with posters and information on Metro Art programs. More information on is available on Temple City’s Parks & Recreation Site here.
About the Artist
MARYROSE COBARRUBIAS MENDOZA (b. 1966, Manila, Philippines) uses craft, scale, perspective, and replication to recast the familiar in drawings, sculpture and installations. Her work centers on the exploration of identity, history and environment complicated by underrepresentation, marginalization, extraction and cultural amnesia, particularly among the diasporic.
Her work has been exhibited at the Orange County Museum of Art, USC’s Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles’ Municipal Art Gallery, and others. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a COLA Individual Artist Fellowship, and the NY Art Matters Fellowship, and has served as artist-in-residence at Yaddo Artist Residency, Joshua Tree Highlands Residency, and Art Space Yosuga in Kyoto, Japan.
About Through the Eyes of Artists
In the tradition of celebrating transportation through colorful travel destination posters, Metro Art commissions a diverse range of Los Angeles artists to create original artworks for the Through the Eyes of Artists poster series. Established in 2003, the posters are displayed on board Metro trains and buses.
View other works in the poster series here.