Future, Artworks, Stations

Terra Firma


Project Description

Analia Saban is creating a semi-fictional underground world constructed in geologic layers of color and texture. Buried in the layers, riders will find an unexpected montage of objects from symbols of local culture to prehistoric fossils found during Metro’s station excavation. These objects coexist to tell a story of past and present Century City. Saban invites riders to create their own storylines among the objects and their individual life experiences as they move through their journeys.

Artist Statement

After reading the excavation and geological reports involved in the construction of the station, I began thinking about what the underground says about our City of Los Angeles and the specific location of Century City, its history, its present, its future, and the remarkable engineering effort that it takes to build a station.” 

About the Artist

ANALIA SABAN (b. 1980, Buenos Aires, Argentina) frequently plays with art historical references and traditions in her work, as she dissects traditional notions of painting and blurs distinctions between painting and sculpture, imagery and objecthood, through innovative and witty manipulations of materials. Saban earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in 2001 followed by a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia; it is also represented in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (NGV); and Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among other institutions.