Flowers bloom around community in Levi Ponce’s depiction of his San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima. Residents support small businesses and enjoy ice cream along wide open Van Nuys Boulevard, the longest commercial stretch and heart of the neighborhood, with a sense of unity and a touch of pastoral sentiment. The recent Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall, constructed in 2011, sits side-by-side next to open streets and across from local shops as clouds float toward the foothills.
This artwork was commissioned for Metro’s Through the Eyes of Artists poster series for display in the fleet.
“I appreciate the need for new infrastructure and mass transportation (with the coming Metro light rail), and simultaneously, I cherish the unique moments we have now in a part of LA that forgets it is a big city. It still feels like there are fields of produce and flowers just around the bend.”
About the Artist
LEVI PONCE (b. 1987, Pacoima) has been studying art and form since childhood influenced by his parents—a signmaker and a seamstress. After earning his B.A. in 3D Animation, Ponce began painting and organizing community murals in Los Angeles. Ponce’s transformative mural projects bring together a wide range of artists, business owners, and youth. They serve as catalysts, inspiring people to take control of their communities and leading to the re-discovery of LA’s “Mural Mile” corridor. In 2014, MSN’s Latinzine named Ponce as one of the “Top 10 Latinos To Watch” in the United States. In 2015, Walt Disney Imagineering contracted him for artwork for worldwide attractions including The World of Pandora, Frozen, and Star Wars. He has contributed digital compositing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and VFX work for Interstellar (Winner, Best Visual Effects 2014). His work has been featured at The Skirball Center, the Peterson Museum and Super Sonico Music Festival, and by Katy Perry and Vans Art. Local media coverage includes The Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, LA Daily News, PBS, Sony, Welcome to Los Vargas, Fox 11’s Good Day LA, CNN Latino, BBC Mundo, Univision, Telemundo, MUN2, MTV Tr3s, Azteca TV, KPFK 90.7FM, La Opinion, KCET, The Huffington Post, and more.
Display year: 2021