Union Station, Artworks

La Sombra del Arroyo

East Los Streetscapers, La Sombra del Arroyo

Project Description

Well-known Los Angeles muralists East Los Streetscapers have enhanced a seating area centrally located in the shady recessed area under the transit area’s pedestrian bridges. Hand-painted and glazed ceramic tile on the undersurfaces of the bridges provide the illusion of lacy tree branches overhead, while cast relief tiles feature a variety of native birds and animals which might once have inhabited this spot. Cast bronze “tree trunks” add to the illusion and bring the eye upwards to the riot of color above.

Artist Statement

“La Sombra del Arroyo offers the commuter an opportunity to pause for a calming moment under the shade of an arboreal canopy alive with native fauna.”

About the Artist

East Los Streetscapers (David Botello & Wayne Healy)

Portrait of East Los Streetscapers (David Botello & Wayne Healy)

EAST LOS STREETSCAPERS was founded in 1975 by WAYNE HEALY and DAVID BOTELLO, both veterans of the East LA mural movement. Healy was born in Santa Barbara and worked as an aerospace engineer before dedicating himself full time to ELS. Botello was born and studied in East Los Angeles, and he is an experienced artist and muralist who has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. ELS projects are executed in a wide variety of materials and include the Metro Rail Slauson Station and Parque Pobladores in San Jose.