Author: Metro Arts + Culture

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Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will extend from the existing Metro C Line (Green) and will travel just over eight miles to the Metro E Line (Expo) and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Fourteen artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks at the eight stations: Ingrid Calame, Eileen Cowin, Kenturah Davis, Dean Erdmann, Sherin Guirguis, Carlson Hatton, Mara Lonner, Rebeca Méndez, Geoff McFetridge, Erwin Redl, Kim Schoenstadt, Jaime Scholnick, Shinique Smith and Mickalene Thomas. A forthcoming publication celebrating artists, poets and cultural producers of the Crenshaw/LAX project area is also in development.

Regional Connector Art Program

Regional Connector Transit Project

The Metro Regional Connector Transit Project extends from the Metro L Line (Gold) Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles, allowing passengers to bypass Union Station to transfer to the A, E, B and D Lines (Blue, Expo, Red and Purple). The nearly two mile alignment has three new stations associated with it, for which seven artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks: Andrea Bowers, Audrey Chan, Mark Steven Greenfield, Pearl Hsiung, Clare Rojas, Mungo Thomson, and Clarence Williams.

Preliminary Renderings of Artwork Concept

Airport Metro Connector

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Metro’s Airport Metro Connector (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 new Crenshaw/LAX Line (currently under construction) 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). Commissioned artist Glenn Kaino will be working in design collaboration with the esteemed architecture team of Grimshaw / Gruen Associates.

Ned Kahn, Wind Bridge

Wind Bridge

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Project Description Wind Bridge is a system of integrated metal panels along the pedestrian bridge connecting a new busway station to Union Station and Patsaouras Transit Plaza. California artist Ned Kahn’s design for the 750- foot-long Wind Bridge utilizes hinged perforated stainless-steel panels that move with the wind and reveal a subtle, rippling moire effect of light and shade. Lighting at night reveals patterns as silhouettes against illuminated surfaces inside the bridge. This artwork presents an opportunity for close and repeat viewing that changes day-by-day. Kahn is internationally known for artworks that reveal environmental forces like wind by converting natural flow patterns into pixelated motion. He calls these artworks “detectors” because they are analogous to the detectors on telescopes and other scientific devices that reveal the effects of the invisible. This video offers an experiential view of the artwork alongside a description in the words of artist Ned Kahn. Artist Statement “For the last 25 years, I have created artworks that seek to increase awareness of natural phenomena. Using elements such as water, wind, fog and light, I …

Michele Asselin, Forward Motion

Forward Motion

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Artist Michelle Asselin created luminous portraits of women who are part of Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council, which is tasked with achieving a gender-balanced workforce, career advancement for women, and improving safety and mobility for women riders.

Willowbrook / Rosa Parks Station Artwork

Metro commissioned two artworks for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project. Artist George Evans metal, multi-panel, photo montage Gifts of Freedom and Knowledge is now viewable in the Rosa Parks Customer Center. A series of sculptural parasols titled Second Line by artists Jamex and Einar De La Torre for the plaza leading to the Rosa Parks Customer Center.

Will Power Allegory

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The 14 colorful panels of Audrey Chan’s Will Power Allegory feature fluid vignettes of people and symbols from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, Arts District, Skid Row, Bronzeville, and Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe.

Jane Gillespie Pryor, Whittier

Whittier

The poet, after whom the City of Whittier is named, wrote about a tradition of announcing a death to the bees. The artist pays homage to the city’s namesake as well as the indigenous population who called the land Sejat, meaning “a place of the wild bees.”

We, Our, Us

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Project Description Susan Silton’s We, Our, Us expands on her series investigating the historical use of stripes as social and cultural signifiers, and is motivated by the idea of transit stations as shared public spaces. The porcelain enamel steel artwork for the station platform will include three prescient messages in English, Korean and Spanish—the predominant languages of the neighborhood—embedded within multicolor-striped fields to explore individuality and diversity while acknowledging our collective human experience. Artist Statement “My projects interrupt—in subtle and more overt ways and through combinations of humor, edginess and subterfuge—the assumptions we make based on our observations.” About the Artist SUSAN SILTON (b. 1956, Los Angeles) is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose practice engages with photography, video, installation, performance, artist’s books, sound and language. Silton’s work takes form in performative and participatory-based projects, photography, video, installation, text/audio works, and print-based projects, and presents in diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at Art Center College of Design. Her work has been presented at numerous national and international venues that include the …