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Mandalas

1986-1990 Ruben Trejo Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1937 Died: Spokane, Washington 2009 welded iron railroad spikes, marble, iron sheet, lead, and wood approx. overall: 122 3/4 x 60 x 41 1/8 in. (311.8 x 152.4 x 104.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the estate of Ruben Trejo © 1990, Estate of Ruben Trejo. Photo by Matt Vielle, Hamilton Studio 2013.37A-F Not currently on view


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In Mandalas, Trejo used railroad spikes, a material laden with meaning for the artist, whose father laid train tracks in the Midwest. Slightly bent and weathered to a rusty brown, each column of welded spikes evokes bodies caught in the midst of labor.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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sculpture

metal - iron

metal - lead

stone - marble

wood

About Ruben Trejo

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1937 Died: Spokane, Washington 2009

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