Metro Artworks

Elliott Pinkney, Compton



Project Description Pinkney’s goal was to capture the energy and excitement of the City of Compton through local cultural icons (known and not so well-known) including: the Compton Airport, Compton Creek Horse Trail, Olympic Memorial Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and a skate park. Artist Statement “Upon visiting the City of Compton, you soon become aware of the energy and excitement found here. The impression is often quite different from how the city is depicted in the media and by non-residents.” About the Artist ELLIOTT PINKNEY was born and spent his childhood in Brunswick, Georgia. His high school teachers encouraged him to pursue a career in the arts. He moved to California and received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Woodbury University. Pinkney is an accomplished artist who works in a variety of media; he is a printmaker, muralist and sculptor and his work is centered around color experimentation. He has done several murals in Compton and Los Angeles. He has had public commissions from SPARC, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Los …

MacArthur Park site (1991-92)

This temporary construction fence, which consisted of 30 painted plywood panel murals, was erected around the drained lake in MacArthur Park in an effort to mitigate construction of the Metro Red (A) Line MacArthur Park Station.

Elliot Pinkney, "Running for the Blue Line"

Running for the Blue Line


Contributing to the excitement and energy of the station is “Running for the Blue Line,” by Elliot Pinkney a group of three metal cut out figures that gives the work its name and captures the hard-working spirit of this industrial community.