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Dora de Larios
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Project Area:  Chinatown
Project:  Bamboo Plaza
Project Location:  988 N. Hill Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Artist Dora de Larios designed a gateway for the main Broadway Street entrance of this multi-storied retail project.  Three brass panels, installed 13' above the ground, suggest a traditional style as a result of the block-like steps where they join the columns.  Both sides of the panels are valued in Chinese culture.  Horizontal lines at the bottom of each panel, symbolizing still water, tie the entire composition together.  In the two 7' l outer panels, undulating lines represent moving water and the sequence of triangles symbolize mountains.  Still water above the triangles is again symbolized by a section of horizontal lines.  The 14' 6" l center panel is dominated by a 5th century bamboo motif de Larios found in a book of Chinese screens.
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One of America’s leading clay artists, Dora de Larios strives to harmonize the animal and the spiritual in intimate ceramic pieces and massive mixed-media commissions.  De Larios’ international appeal can be attributed to her ability to translate universal human dilemmas into mystical and transformative works of art.  De Larios grew up with an appreciation for both native Mexican mythology and Catholicism. These influences are apparent through her frequent use of gold leafing, polished and textured metals, and imaginative portrayals of the human and animal form.  Since 1959, de Larios has been featured in numerous one-person gallery shows, group invitational shows, and juried museum exhibitions throughout the United States including exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.