In the Works

LAX/Metro Transit Center Station

Preliminary Renderings of Artwork Concept

Metro’s LAX/Metro Transit Center Station (AMC) is a major new multimodal transit hub that will provide a gateway connection between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metro’s regional transit system. The AMC will connect to the K Line near Aviation Blvd/96th Street and is being designed in sync with an Automated People Mover (APM) to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Read more about the transit project here.

The Airport Metro Connector (AMC) will feature a large-scale sculpture that welcomes passengers as they move through this multi-modal hub. Artist Glenn Kaino is working in design collaboration with the architecture team of Grimshaw / Gruen Associates to integrate the artwork suspended over the escalators and leading up to the ceiling oculus.

Project Description

The Distance of the Sun consists of a series of vessels, both real and imagined, rafted together in increasing size to create a spiral pathway suspended in the air. Drawing inspiration from both contemporary designs and ancient motifs, these spacecraft embody the universal dreams of spaceflight from every culture and age across the globe.

For this monumental project, Kaino teamed up with Origami Master Robert J Lang and SoLA Impact at the Tech Center at the Beehive to invite young people from South Los Angeles to create additional images of spaceships from their imagination. From these 2D drawings, Kaino chose several for Lang to transform into intricate 3D origami sculptures. The paper objects were then scanned and utilized in the assembly of the pieces comprising the final sculpture.

The endmost spacecraft on the sculpture is connected to a ladder that reaches up to a circular oculus carved out from the expansive, ribbed ceiling. The ladder seemingly climbs to the heavens, a reference to the short story The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino about the memory of a time long gone, when the moon and the earth were so close that one might hoist a ladder from a ship and walk to each celestial body. This work is a meditation on our collective ambitions and our shared hope. It is a question about the possibilities of collaboration, set in a world increasingly about self-preservation. It is a walk to the stars created from our materialized imagination and a bridge to our future created from the designs of our past.

Preliminary Renderings of Artwork Concept