Artworks, Silver Linings

Unmask Your Heart

Art featuring a person wearing COVID-19 mask with flowers in background.

Project Description

In the spirit of promoting and highlighting uplifting messages about connecting with and caring for one another during challenging times and beyond, Metro piloted a new series, Silver Linings. Local artists were commissioned to create original artworks that visualize and encourage expressions of connection and care. Artworks created for the series were reproduced for digital and print display in Metro’s transportation system to serve as reminders that acts of care, however large or small, are also essential and can be the silver lining on tough days.

These new artworks were featured as posters in Metro buses from December 2020 through July 2021.

Artist Statement

“Through the eye of the storm, we see glimpses of hope. We have opened our hearts and found new ways to express compassion and love.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Laura Vazquez Rodriguez

LAURA VAZQUEZ RODRIGUEZ is a Los Angeles-born and based artist. Her love for her culture and deep faith are reflected in her paintings and illustrations. Rodriguez celebrates women, their achievements and contributions to society. Her art honors motherhood, promotes humanity, spirituality, love and healing — elements she feels are essential to life. Rodriguez has exhibited throughout the region including Self Help Graphics & Art, UCLA, Casa 101, Gallery ChimMaya and Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Her recent work includes Raise Your Voice created for Los Angeles County’s 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration, now part of the County’s Civic Art Collection.

On display December 2020 – February 2021