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.
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.
Metro’s Purple (D Line) Extension is a three-part rail project that will begin at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, extending westward for about 9 miles with seven new stations.
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.
Showcasing portraiture, landscape, architecture, abstraction and beyond, the ever-changing exhibitions are designed to appeal to a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and tastes at the LA landmark.
Eileen Cowin aims to spark the imaginations of transit riders through a poetic juxtaposition of photographic vignettes inspired by the potential stories of passersby.
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 …
This temporary mitigation project was spearheaded by Mario Tamayo, owner of Atlas Bar and Grill at Los Angeles’s Wiltern Theater complex, and coordinated in conjunction with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).
The city’s wealth of art and culture—from allusions to classic cars and street art to folklorico performances and musical subgenres as diverse as ska, punk, jazz and mariachi—is highlighted throughout the painting.
Limited edition TAP cards are Metro’s smallest artworks that fit inside pockets and accompany transit riders on their journeys.
This series of photo-based artwork that rotates throughout lightboxes installed at five Metro transit stations provides a traveling platform for temporary exhibitions of photographic art that engage a broad range of Metro riders and geographies en route to their destinations.
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.
Untitled (Questions) features large-scale queries, alternating between English and Spanish, created by artist Barbara Kruger.
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.
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.
Fellow space travelers, outrageously dressed in pattern and color, wait for liftoff in Willowbrook as multiple suns shine bright.
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.
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.”
In this series of artworks, clothing represents both the commuter and the commute. Art panels above gateways reveal open closets full of clothes.
This colorful collage embraces a city rich with complexity by tracing the memories of the city from the Tongva, to its current diversity of residents and iconic status.
Artist Gayle Gale collaborated with children from nearby elementary schools and neighborhood residents to create We’ve Been Working on the Metro.
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 …
Twelve Venetian glass mosaic panels installed at the Pacific Station have been designed by artist June Edmonds and are titled, We Know Who We Are.
What interests Fernandez most about the Watts Towers is the magical quality of the organic, sculptural walls that surround the historic landmark.
Wall of Concrete depicts the artist’s daughter and includes elements that celebrate the street art that is prevalent between the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles.