Rebeca Méndez

Commissions

LA Metro Mural At The Same Time

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Méndez selected to create a site-specific, integrated artwork for the Crenshaw/LAX Line project. The commission is for two tile murals, one measuring 10 × 96 fee and the other 16 × 15 feet. Titled At the Same Time, Rebeca Méndez’s mosaic mural concept for the concourse of this station portrays the diurnal rhythms of Los Angeles.

LA METRO Mural, Circumsolar, Migration 4

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While Angelenos spend their lives in fortunate climes, the arctic tern— the world champion in long-distance migration of the animal kingdom— is occupied with its annual ‘commute’ from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again, flying over a 50,000 miles, always heading towards the 24-hour light of the polar summer, making it the creature that lives the most daylight of all living beings. Titled CircumSolar, Migration 4, Rebeca Méndez’s mosaic mural concept on the smaller wall depicts the view, as seen from her camera lens, of her panning the skies in search of the arctic tern, catching a glimpse of the bird’s swift wing, backlit by the arctic summer sunrays. CircumSolar, Migration 4 is an ode to the resilience, grace and determination of the more than five billion birds that, in pursuit of sustenance, migrate across our planet every spring and autumn, guided by the sun.

CircumSolar, Migration 2

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2013. Mural. Fire retardant canvas and ink. 25 × 132 feet. ~1,250 sq. ft. approximately. Pico Rivera Public Library. Civic art commissioned by the Los Angeles Arts Commission.
CircumSolar, Migration 2 considers the library’s role as a vehicle for exploration and discovery that lead to a journey into knowledge. It is dedicated to the voyage of the arctic tern, the world champion in long-distance migration.

Observation Post 1

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2013. Public art at the Pico Rivera Public Library, commissioned by the Los Angeles Arts Commission. Sculpture. Corten Steel. 12 × 8 × 28 feet.
Observation Post 1 is a sculpture by Rebeca Méndez, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for the Pico Rivera Public Library. It is made of nine thousand pounds of 1 inch thick Corten Steel, and is composed of two observations posts, a walking / observation platform and a viewing frame.

University of Cincinnati : C-Store

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Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis designed a 353,000 sq. ft. student recreation center on the campus at the University of Cincinnati, which opened on May, 2006. Rebeca Méndez was commissioned to create six murals measuring 9 by 20 feet each to be suspended from the ceiling at the convenience store of the Rec Center…

University of Cincinnati: Marché

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Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis designed a 353,000 sq. ft. student recreation center on the campus at the University of Cincinnati, which opened on May, 2006. Rebeca Méndez was commissioned to create a public art installation on four cone-like structures, two of them reaching over 50 feet high and piercing through the roof….

Lincoln Center Harmony Atrium

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Rebeca Méndez joined Morphosis Architects as Design | Media Arts consultant for the Lincoln Center Harmony Atrium in New York City. Méndez developed a master plan for the development, and created a series of concepts for media art installations. Although we were one of the two finalists for the project, the job was awarded to architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams. The following text, written by Anne Marie Burke or Morphosis, is an excerpt from our presentation to the Harmony Atrium board.

Tsunami

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Visual identity design and mural and video installations for the Tsunami Asian Grill Restaurant in the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas