Coming Soon: King Plaza Temporary Installation
Rayos Magos, a San Jose-native Latinx mixed media artist, was approved by the Public Art Commission as the first Artist-in-Residence with the City of Palo Alto Public Art Program during 2022. For his residency project, titled Rituals of Resilience and rooted in empathic collaborations and civic engagements, Rayos Magos utilized the power of storytelling and imagery in community conversations about culture, identity, belonging, and resilience in Palo Alto, with the special focus on amplifying voices of Latinx and BIPOC community members and mental health service providers. The project looked towards storytelling through imagery, reflections, and rituals, and engaged the Palo Alto community in a series of conversations and art making workshops that offered community members the chance to reflect and share their stories about belonging, human connection, and the impact of social distancing on their mental health during the pandemic. Magos' documentation of personal stories and learned experiences will result in a final temporary sculptural artwork displayed on King Plaza, which will be installed towards the end of 2022.
Drawings of the sculpture panels, Rayos Magos, 2022