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  Encuentros Fugaces
(Brief Encounters)
Susana Espinosa

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Tren Urbano: Hato Rey Station
About the Area
The Tren Urbano is a new star in our urban landscape. With time, we shall become aware of its revolutionary presence, and change our conventional image of the city by gazing at it from the train cars. A different city, at once fantastic and ordinary, will reveal itself to the train's passengers. Moreover, the Tren Urbano is a place, like the communities traversed by it. Passengers will use the train as an entry and exit point into daily life. To those who live in its vicinity it is a claimable landmark. Art proposed for this site must reconcile local character with the overall metropolitan scope of the route. Given the technical uniqueness of each station, proposed works should be limited to the sites specifically identified, which were selected after a thorough analysis of the operation.

Artist: Susana Espinosa
Title: Encuentros fugaces (Brief Encounters)
Site: Tren Urbano: Roosevelt Station
Dimensions: 32 linear ft. x 8 ft. 8 in. high
Materials: Enameled ceramic tiles, 8 in. x 8 in.

The train comes and goes; it takes us to other settings and viewpoints. Its passengers, absent-minded or aware of their surroundings, move to new locations, led by the sure hand of an invisible conductor. Anonymous humans travels by train. They meet ephemerally, in brief or prolonged encounters, following the rhythm of daily life.

The mural represents a public that may feel reflected or identify with it. Trees, leaves, lines and shafts of color evoke the repetitive landscape produced by speed. It consists of tiles like those used at the Hato Rey Station. The artist has enameled them   to create an effect of continuity with the station.

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