Intending to monumentalize the station’s surrounding community, Neilson reached out to local schools and organizations and gathered images of 27 faces of people who live and work in the Pico/Aliso neighborhood. The final images are made of cast iron and are larger than life size. They are located on the upper sides of the platform canopy. The sculptures “freeze” a wide variety of facial gestures, emotions, ages and genders and provide a lasting artistic legacy.
“The design is intended to reference windows of a passing train and the faces peering out at us. Are the faces looking out at us or are we looking in at them?”
About the Artist
ROB NEILSON has completed numerous public art projects throughout the nation including Los Angeles, Detroit and New Orleans. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina. He is the recipient of a Kohler Company Arts/Industry Artist in in Residence Program and has been exhibiting his whimsical and thought provoking installation and multi-media works since 1987.