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

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 346041 18 in. (311.8152.4104.5 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
Linked Open Data URI

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