Inside passageway wall and focal wall by fare vending vestibule.
Homage to a Community I & II, 2002
Andrew Reid and Carlos Alves
Acrylic on aluminum panels, Terra Cotta tiles
I: 130' l x 6' h
II: 30' l x 7' h
Created by Florida artists Andrew Reid and Carlos Alves, the artwork consists of two components. The 130-foot-long stylized painted mural by Andrew Reid illustrates the rich history of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth community. The bold design of the contoured mural is a flowing chronology of defining events in the community in the context of local and world histories.
The high energy of the handmade clay and cracked tiles of the accompanying frieze, by Carlos Alves, captures the spirit and promise of the community Georgia Avenue-Petworth station.
This project was made possible in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
Andrew Reid achieved renown as a graphic artist in his native New Zealand and New York before moving to Miami in 1991. Since that time he has explored a variety of media, including painted and carve murals, sculpture and three-dimensional wall pieces. The piece "March of Progress" is designed to provide insight into the breadth and depth of Red Rocks and engage visitors; spurring them onto a voyage of discovery.
Carlos Alves has been serious about art since he was a child, and it shows in his passion for making things out of clay, glass, metal, salvaged artifacts, and recycled objects. Drawing from his Cuban roots and his Miami, Florida upbringing, Carlos' themes encompass love, hope, history, culture, politics, nature and a kinship with the sea. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Miami, an MFA from Illinois State University, and received a scholarship to the Lorenzo de' Medici School (Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici) in Florence, Italy.