Project Description As Lead Artist, Renée Petropoulos participated with the design team to incorporate art enhancements into the Metro G Line (Orange). During the planning stages, she identified future artist opportunities. During construction stages lead artist tasks included the design of customer seating areas at five transit plazas, final selection of station colors and materials, and station art installation oversight. In contrast to many transit systems, where each station is singularly designed, the Metro G Line (Orange) stations are uniform throughout. As a consistent design, the idea of movement is visualized, like a ribbon running through the Valley. The artworks individualize each station. Station artwork was included as a seamless part of construction, and Station Artist opportunities opened up to artists with a variety of media to bring their art expertise and creativity to the project. Artist Statement “The work is a tribute to the Valley – the attributes of respect – I always work in relationship to a site, conditions of the site – I call it situation-specific.” About the Artist RENÉE PETROPOULOS, born in …
Ricardo Duffy, after visiting the neighborhood along Florence Avenue, was inspired by the dynamic foot traffic along the storefront-filled street.
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.
Project Description Intending to monumentalize the station’s surrounding community, Neilson reached out to local schools and organizations and gathered images of 27 faces of people who live and work in the Pico/Aliso neighborhood. The final images are made of cast iron and are larger than life size. They are located on the upper sides of the platform canopy. The sculptures “freeze” a wide variety of facial gestures, emotions, ages and genders and provide a lasting artistic legacy. Artist Statement “The design is intended to reference windows of a passing train and the faces peering out at us. Are the faces looking out at us or are we looking in at them?” About the Artist ROB NEILSON has completed numerous public art projects throughout the nation including Los Angeles, Detroit and New Orleans. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina. He is the recipient of a Kohler Company Arts/Industry Artist in in Residence Program and has been …
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.
Project Description A series of art panels are united by a flowing sash, mean to convey the history and vitality of the local neighborhood. At locations facing the entrances to the platform, art panels depict the agricultural area that once existed as well as the present day urban city. A painted sash flows in front of the landscape. The front side depicts images of fabric patterns from a wide range of cultural traditions quilted together with a light blue yarn meant to signify the Expo Line. The back side of the sash contains a painted, abstracted map of the area with a blue line denoting the route of the Expo Line. At locations facing the interior of the platform, people, restaurants and theatres are the focus – drawing attention to the many different kinds of people and businesses that have contributed to the growth of the area. Artist Statement “By including images of the diverse existing community as well as a large veteran population, the pieces will offer a sense of warmth, youthfulness, innovative energy …
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.
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.
Lynn Goodpasture’s artwork for this station celebrates the area’s botanical heritage and the individuals who have shaped the surrounding landscape.
For Atlantic Station, Adobe LA created a series of benches with tile rugs at the platform and a large scale free standing sculpture inspired by the striking and colorful design culture of Eastside living rooms, shops, cars, and toys.
Blue Line Oasis consists of several art elements. A large mosaic and stone “well” greets passengers as they enter the station.
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).
For Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Hirokazu Kosaka created six smooth granite benches with concentric circles of black and white, simulating a Zen archery target with station canopies in the shape of Japanese archery bows. “Buffer Zone” was displayed at the station from 2009-2017 in coordination with the artist.
Project Description Peter Reiquam specializes in the design and fabrication of public furnishings that are both fun and utilitarian. Reiquam has created a sleek series of four subway ‘sofas’ for the Civic Center Station platform. The benches have been constructed from a carefully considered system of durable granite slabs that relate to the station’s formal geometry. The composition of each bench provides an air of comfortable domesticity with a configuration that encourages commuters to converse with one another. The highly polished granite surface provides a pleasurable smoothness that reflects a sophisticated palette of carnelian red, sage green and jet black arranged in colorful juxtaposition. Artist Statement “I have designed the benches in a modular style that relates to the formal grid of the paving tiles and the overall symmetry of the station. The pieces are sculptural and contemporary and suggest a stylized version of domestic furniture. The polished surface exposes the intricacy of the stone’s interior.” About the Artist PETER REIQUAM is a Seattle based artist who obtained his Master of Fine Arts from the Yale …
Project Description Companions is a series of cast bronze sculptures distributed throughout the station which introduce human scale to the often overwhelming environment. The figures, which represent various age groups, interact with passengers and each other. Up close, their smooth surface reflects a distorted image of the viewer. Grimmer also designed the polished granite benches at the station, providing harmonious seating for both passengers and the figural sculptures. Collaboration with Caltrans, Architects. Artist Statement “These figures are meant to be understood on different levels. They can appear to be companions to take along on a mental journey or to greet on the return. Upon catching a glimpse of his/her distorted reflection in the sculptures, the commuter may realize that however familiar we are to ourselves we may appear odd to others. Such a realization can be the first step to broadening our appreciation of the variety of ethnicities and lifestyles within our community and the world.” About the Artist MINEKO GRIMMER, born and raised in Japan, received a traditional western art education at Iwate University in Japan. …
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.
Project Description Roy Dowell designed terrazzo paving areas and porcelain enamel steel panels for the station platforms. His designs for each platform utilize elements of neighboring signage and to some extent found printed posters and advertisements combined with other found printed material to create the images. The aircraft engine being used as a public sculpture at the Boeing plant across the street from the station was another point of inspiration, an object taken out of context and presented for purely aesthetic consideration. Artist Statement “My work alludes to a history of accumulated information and use as it invites the viewer to position themselves as both the interpreter and creator of a new history. Their lives and experiences feed the meaning and intent of the pieces that I have created for this site.” About the Artist ROY DOWELL has been a practicing artist for more than 25 years, with work in a number of museum collections. His work has been seen in numerous one-person and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Roy primarily works as a painter, …
Project Description Artist Buzz Spector uses the theme of an “open book” for Crenshaw Stories. As is the case throughout Los Angeles, people living in the neighborhoods surrounding the station speak a number of different languages. Spector collected stories from these residents in several languages including Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Russian and Tagalog. Seventy-two of these stories were hand-painted onto tile and interspersed with color tiles at the entrance to the station. In addition, seventy-two of the most commonly spoken languages by children in Los Angeles public schools, each coupled with the word “American,” are embedded at intervals across the platform. The book motif has also been incorporated into the design of station seating and paving patterns. Spector’s work provides a unique and colorful identity to Crenshaw Station while providing connections between people, between places, and between times. Collaboration with Caltrans, Architects. Artist Statement “Transportation systems are not just means of moving people—they are metaphors of the cultural and spiritual links between peoples. Crenshaw Stories has been designed to stress the connections between us that …
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.
In “Dramatic Locale,” artist Caryl Davis designed a terrazzo paving area and a porcelain enamel steel panel for the North Hollywood station platform that incorporates the many placenames given to the regions landforms by its human inhabitants.
Artist Michael Davis inlaid the Sunset/Vermont Station floor and walls with granite patterns of celestial orbits and metal etched with spheres containing medical symbols and microscopic images of life forms, a reference to the iconography that is commonly shared by astronomy and medicine.
Mendoza designed colorful and dynamic ceramic work that now is the finish of the columns at the lower level of Firestone Station in the area where passengers make bus/rail connections.
This artwork focuses on the musicians who played at the stadium and the promoters (radio deejays and TV personalities) who organized and hosted these events.