Ricardo Duffy, after visiting the neighborhood along Florence Avenue, was inspired by the dynamic foot traffic along the storefront-filled street.
Metro Art Presents, in collaboration with LA-based Leaving Records, continues its series of soundscapes for transit riders in 2021.
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.
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.
A Tribute to Industry is artist Washington’s salute to the many manufacturing and commercial enterprises that have been the mainstay of the economy in the Vernon Station area for many years.
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.
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.
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.
Limited edition TAP cards are Metro’s smallest artworks that fit inside pockets and accompany transit riders on their journeys.
Art panels combine images of pencil drawings on wood panels and hand-cut Japanese washi paper collage to illustrate the people, places, nurseries and plant life of the area.
Opportunities with Metro Art include artwork integration within the built environment and short term exhibitions.
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.
Lynn Goodpasture’s artwork for this station celebrates the area’s botanical heritage and the individuals who have shaped the surrounding landscape.
Untitled (Questions) featured large-scale queries, alternating between English and Spanish, created by artist Barbara Kruger.
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
Blue Line Oasis consists of several art elements. A large mosaic and stone “well” greets passengers as they enter the station.
Blue Sights is a portrait of LP’s fiancé riding the light rail between Long Beach and Los Angeles, while looking into the vast LA basin during a sunrise.
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 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.
Artist Stanley Wilson’s work Bridge of Culture focuses on the similarities within the beliefs shared by African and Native American cultures (especially those of Mexico).
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.
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.
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 created a decorative cast-stone cartwheel of approximately nine feet in diameter which is placed upright in the center of the station platform.