Artworks, Stations

El Deseo de Progresar/The Will to Progress

Ricardo Mendoza, El Deseo de Progresar/The Will to Progress

Project Description

Mendoza designed colorful and dynamic ceramic work as the finish of the columns on the lower level of Firestone Station where passengers make bus/rail connections. The imagery chosen by the artist incorporates larger than life figures that appear to hold up the railway. The hand painted ceramic tile, both flat and relief, gives the columns a precious and unique look that transforms a predominantly concrete environment into one of inspiration and landmark quality.

Artist Statement

“Perseverance, contributing and working together, and an allegorical treatment of journey are our links to neighborhoods. I want the work to resonate optimism, bringing color with content in the day-to-day struggle of making ends meet.”

About the Artist

RICARDO MENDOZA has created public art primarily in Southern California. From vibrant painted exterior murals to functional artwork, he has brought color and form into a diverse span of neighborhoods and communities. Past commissions have included the Pacific Alliance Medical Building, Lanark Park Recreation Building, and the NoHo Arts District Streetscape Improvement Project.