Mandalas

  • Ruben Trejo, Mandalas, 1986-1990, welded iron railroad spikes, marble, iron sheet, lead, and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the estate of Ruben Trejo, 2013.37A-F, © 1990, Estate of Ruben Trejo. Photo by Matt Vielle, Hamilton Studio

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Mandalas
Artist
Date
1986-1990
Location
Dimensions
approx. overall: 122 3/4 x 60 x 41 1/8 in. (311.8 x 152.4 x 104.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the estate of Ruben Trejo

Mediums
Mediums Description
welded iron railroad spikes, marble, iron sheet, lead, and wood
Classifications
Object Number
2013.37A-F
Palette
Linked Open Data
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