Author: Metro Arts + Culture

A line drawing of a Los Angeles cityscape.

Ode to the Essential

An Ode To The Essential is a new tribute dedicated to all essential workers and to those we have lost. The tribute features an original poem by Joseph Rios with text in a reflective gold reminiscent of the glow of afternoon light and suspended over a delicate line drawing of a distinctly Los Angeles cityscape by artist Manuel López. 

Jose Antonio Aguirre, A Passage Through Memory

A Passage Through Memory

Serving as a landmark and gateway for the city of Azusa, Jose Antonio Aguirre’s A Passage Through Memory (2015) is inspired by local historic architecture and the cultural traditions of the region’s earliest inhabitants. A pair of monumental Spanish colonial-style arched portals is placed at the entry ramps leading to the station platforms.

Preliminary Renderings of Artwork Concept

Airport Metro Connector

Artist(s):

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.

Michael Massenburg, All in a Day

All in a Day

Drawing on the rich history of Dorsey High School and the surrounding community, the art panels illustrate the many people who have contributed to the area’s growth and cultural life.

Michael Davis, Arcadian Zephyr

Arcadian Zephyr

Artist(s):

Weaving together history and the story of place, Michael Davis’s artwork for this station, located in downtown Arcadia, draws inspiration from two of the city’s major destinations: the Santa Anita Park thoroughbred racetrack and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

At the Same Time

Artist(s):

Rebeca Méndez’s two mosaic murals transform the concourse wall into a sublime panorama of the sky as seen from Los Angeles. Articulating the progression of time over 24 hours, vertical segments portraying the stars and the moon flank an ethereal cloud-scattered azure.

Phung Huynh, Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Artist(s):

Project Description Artist Statement “The astronaut rooster is a reminder that each dawn offers new possibilities, while the lotus flowering cactus symbolizes resilience, and that we can bloom where we are planted.” About the Artist Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Huynh’s work explores cultural perception and representation. She challenges beauty standards by constructing images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery to unpack how contemporary cosmetic surgery can create obscurity in cultural and racial identity. Her current series of drawings on pink donut boxes explores the complexities of the refugee experience in Southeast Asian communities. Huynh’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has completed public art commissions for Metro and the Los Angeles Zoo. On display February 2021 – May 2021

Person with umbrella with band during performance at LA Union Station.

Board Passes Motions Uplifting the Human Spirit Through Metro Art

The Metro Board of Directors recently recognized and affirmed the importance of Metro Art’s ongoing efforts to enrich the transit experience for customers with art and cultural programming through unanimous passage of two motions entitled Uplifting the Human Spirit Through Metro Art. The motions call on Metro to champion artistic experimentation and contribute towards reimagining transportation in a way that is responsive to the issues and concerns of our time. Stay tuned for developments in the months ahead.    

Paul Tzanetopoulos, Breezy and Delightful

Breezy and Delightful

Paul Tzanetopoulos has long been fascinated by the seemingly infinite variety of pattern in cultural artifacts, often evident in textile designs. In this project, Breezy and Delightful, the artist focuses on designs which reflect the unique cultural heritage of the many groups that live and work in Long Beach.

Eva Cockcroft, Compton: Past, Present and Future

Compton: Past, Present and Future

Artist(s):

Eva Cockcroft’s ceramic tile murals examine the Compton area’s past, present, and future, with particular emphasis on the arrival of the various ethnic groups (African American, Latino and Samoan) that have contributed to the character of the city.

Only Light, Only Love

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.

Ken Karagozian, Deep Connections

Deep Connections Highlights the Work of Ken Karagozian

Deep Connections, an exhibition now on display in the Union Station Passageway Art Gallery, features the otherworldly black and white photography of artist Ken Karagozian. The exhibition is also viewable in an online gallery along with expanded materials in an original award-winning publication produced by Metro.

Colin Gray, Del Amo Wheel

Del Amo Wheel

Artist(s):

Colin Gray created a decorative cast-stone cartwheel of approximately nine feet in diameter which is placed upright in the center of the station platform.