Artworks, Stations

Hands and Things


Project Description

Karl Haendel’s larger-than-life composition for the glass entrance pavilion and escalator landing walls of this station will provide prompts for transit customers to engage with their surroundings and reflect on their daily experiences. Locally made functional objects spanning the prehistoric age to the present—and found in the surrounding neighborhood’s museums and cultural institutions—will be depicted in the hands of 38 local volunteers who participated in the creation of the artwork. The images—although only revealing the participants’ hands and arms—hint at the cultural and generational diversity of the area and rich history of the surroundings.

Artist Statement

“As an artist, my goal is to challenge viewers to move slowly and with greater awareness through the world of images and signs in order to reveal how these images make meaning and shape our experience.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Karl Haendel

Portrait of Karl Haendel

Locations: Wilshire/Fairfax