Meet the LORE Artist: Marcus Pollitz


For generations, waterways have served as a means of transport, transition, and influence between regions and people. Spiritually, they are regarded as a passageway for offerings to the gods and to the underworld, which has played a significant role in death and dying traditions in both pre-European contact and post-contact eras.


Dedicated to loved ones past and the prospect of rebirth, the vessels are adorned with elements associated with the 4 Directions (Suns). Among the offerings is the iconic image of the Catrina or “Lady of the Dead.” She rides atop a decorated floating vessel filled with marigolds and elements associated with the 4 directions. The Catrina is both the guiding vessel for the accompanying floral altars and the whimsical focal point of this tribute.

 


Created by Marcus Pollitz and LORE productions

Marcus Pollitz is one of the main artists that works on the art and design of the large-scale installations for LORE Productions. 

This year, Marcus and LORE have created a brand new installation as a water feature for the Los Angeles, Grand Park LA, Dia de los Muertos celebtration called, "Offerings of the Dawn Passage." 
Reminicent of Xochimilco and Mexico City, 9 floral vessels are set adrift on the water. They capture the essence and heart of Janitzio/ Patzcuaro’s Day of the Dead celebrations of November 2nd. And, they pay homage to the 9 levels that the dead face on their journey to Mictlán, as their soul transitions to the underworld upon their death.

 

 Artist Marcus Pollitz readies a dolphin on a float the 128th Rose Parade, which moves to Monday, Jan. 2, instead of New Year’s Day, which falls on Sunday. (Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Artist Marcus Pollitz readies a dolphin on a float the 128th Rose Parade, which moves to Monday, Jan. 2, instead of New Year’s Day, which falls on Sunday. (Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)