Artworks, Stations

Mining the Archive: S. Charles Lee, Architect


Project Description

Todd Gray’s artwork concept for the station’s glass entrance plaza and escalator landing walls juxtaposes archival architectural drawings by S. Charles Lee and historic photographs of the nearby Saban Theatre (formerly the Fox Wilshire Theatre) with a multicultural selection of iconic textile patterns. The recontextualized imagery invites viewers to consider the region’s history of migration and shifting demographics over time and under the influence of grand architecture.

Artist Statement

“Historically, the culture of Los Angeles and the American Dream was transmitted globally through film. The representation of the American Dream in cinema was dominated by images of [the] majority culture, and images of minority cultures and communities were rare. I’ve collaged images into my design to engage this narrative and paint a broader, more inclusive cultural picture.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Todd Gray

Portrait of Todd Gray

Locations: Wilshire/La Cienega