Ruben Trejo, born St. Paul, MN 1937-died Spokane, WA 2009 Search this
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)
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the estate of Ruben Trejo