Labyrinths as a practice are a powerful metaphor for a spiritual journey and a powerful tool for personal transformation–– a walking meditation with a presence in several traditions across the globe. The work is an offering,a gift and an invitation for meditation. The site-specific work Laberinto Verde – Green Labyrinth is a celebration, a rhapsody of visual experience in which the artist uses the structure of a labyrinth and breaks the traditional setting, remixing it alongside local flora, fauna, emojis, Central American folkloric patterns, abstraction and elements of graffiti, a playful dance in paints where fine art meets the streets.
The artist seeks to create a small meditative moment not far from the Prayer Book Cross and the Rainbow Waterfall landmarks near the Western entrance of the John F Kennedy promenade.
About the Artist
Josue Rojas is a practicing visual creator and an educator who relishes in learning and teaching the articulation of a potent human language – by using art as a response and celebration, not simply to life’s inequities but to its bounty as well.
“I am a Salvadoran-born American Citizen, a Californian, a teacher. My work is informed by my bicultural and bilingual experience. Part of a continuum, my work and personal creative vision contribute to a visual heritage of creative critical consciousness.”
Rojas’ practice centers the community process, often interviewing residents, gathering investigations, feedback and real-life–narratives that tell the inter-sectional story of the place. Since embarking as a full time independent artist in early 2021, Rojas has made ambitious, dynamic and large public works and exhibitions his focus. A socially committed visual artist, Rojas’ creative vision centers a public and studio practice that mixes visual language(s) + critical consciousness. The work is informed by a bicultural and bilingual experience as well as by 20 + years of arts-leadership in the Bay Area, with public art & media.
“I feel an artist should serve, not only as the ‘conscience of their era’ but also as a positive conduit, infusing values of ‘right relationships’ into the public imagination.”
About the Partner
Paint The Void supports artists for the public good and highlights art as essential, particularly during times of crisis. The organization uplifts artists and their voices by funding public art and creativity in everyday urban spaces – spaces that impact and enhance people’s daily lives. Paint the Void is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, born from an idea to help keep artists engaged and paid as guardians of hope and beauty in a time of fear and uncertainty.