Metro Artworks

For Your Intellectual Entertainment

Project Description Defense and aerospace are two of the industries in the immediate area around the El Segundo/Nash Station and artist Daniel Martinez attempts to add some lighthearted humor to this serious environment. In For Your Intellectual Entertainment a thirty foot wire-mesh hand is poised to launch, with the help of a slingshot, a giant “paper” airplane off one end of the platform. Working with the station architect and engineers, Martinez designed several elements of the station including the canopy which mimics the industrial sawtooth designs commonly used in the aerospace and defense industries. The stairwalls echo nearby red and white striped smokestacks which are a landmark in the area. Terrazzo paving patterns allude to the importance of the area’s oil industry through shapes derived from both ancient amphoras and squid. Walking up the station’s stairs, passengers will discover words and phrases which have entered our 1990’s vocabulary; will they remain in our lexicon or become obsolete? A series of clocks is also part of the design. Station seating, handrail patterns and other elements were also designed …