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The Steps We Take


A series of four art panels depict momentary encounters of people crossing paths in their daily lives. The images visualize the movement, energy and unintentional patterns people create during their travels.

Carl Cheng, The Museum of Space Information

The Museum of Space Information


Project Description Working with the station architect, artist Carl Cheng’s project, The Museum of Space Information refers to two significant and very different aspects of the local area: the coastal strip and the aerospace industry. Travelers move from an imaginary sea bottom on the lower level (even the landscaping has been designed to have an underwater appearance) upward into space to the platform level. Waiting beneath the translucent blue glass canopy, passengers feel as though they are inside a cool, ocean wave. A multitude of paving elements intrigue passengers as they wait for their train: these include imaginary galaxies, etched granite galaxy diagrams, embedded metal instruments, and even an imprint of man’s first step on the moon. A specially designed kaleidoscopic viewing lens provides passengers with a fish-eye view of moving street traffic below. Two “satellite” sculptures adorn the top of the elevator towers, transmitting continuous NASA programming and up-to-the-minute space flight information on platform level video monitors. Windscreens exhibit miniature cross-section environments of earth geology that reveal buried core samples of technology, rocks, and 20th-century artifacts. …

Christopher Dierdorff, The Intimacy of Place

The Intimacy of Place

Project Description A sea of faces welcomes visitors to the station, a broad cultural mix of individuals who define life in the neighborhood. Dierdorff populated the station with intimate portraits of fronts and backs of heads as a commentary on public transportation, where people from many walks of life are removed from their personal spaces and find themselves in close physical proximity with strangers. The twelve individuals portrayed were photographed in locations that describe their role within the larger community. A variety of professions are represented, including a firefighter, a baker, a hat maker, and a mechanic, among others. Artist Statement “This sea of wondrous faces is Metro. Metro is not about people, Metro is people – thousands and thousands of different people every day. Each with their own story, their own worries, their own triumphs and their own tragedies – each different, each rare, each unique and each irreplaceable. The people who ride Metro every day are the same people from your favorite memory. They are your grandmother, your mother, your sister and your …

Walter Hood, The Crying Rock and Saint Monica's Tears

The Crying Rock and Saint Monica


The sculpture’s monumental sandstone and hand-formed glass recall Kuruvungna, Saint Monica, the Crying Rock and the Palisades at the center of Downtown Santa Monica. Gold paint and climbing white roses adorn the station wall, glowing in the afternoon light, inviting pedestrians to weave through the sculpture and feel the awe of nature and heft of memory.

Pae White, The Beppins

The Beppins


Created in collaboration with architect Tom Marble, this arrangement of organic sculptural benches with circular paving medallions provides seating for this busy Metro Rapid stop.

Paul Botello, Syncretic Manifestations

Syncretic Manifestations


Inspired by the classic style of the Anasazi, Maya and Aztec Pre-Columbian cultures, the artwork is infused with a modern sensibility and stands as a metaphor for the relationship between nature, society and the sacred.

John Trevino "Sunk In Above"

Sunk In Above


John Trevino’s photomontages for this bus station, titled Sunk In Above, are inspired by nearby thoroughfares—including Hawthorne Boulevard, Imperial Highway, La Brea Avenue, Rosecrans Avenue, Venice Boulevard and Western Avenue—that connect Los Angeles’s urban areas with the ocean.

Meg Cranston, "Suka: Place of the Bees" (detail)

Suka: Place of the Bees


The indigenous place name for the village settlement in the area near what is also known as Norwalk is Sejat, also known as Suka (as well as Sejatngna and Sehat), which meant “Place of the Bees.”

Stone Tree Inverted Post (Copper Bound Water Light)


Project Description Artist Jud Fine took his cue for the station artwork from the Greene & Greene-designed Oaklawn Waiting Station, built in 1906 on Fair Oaks Avenue. For the station project, Fine created an 18-foot tall copper-bound “Stone Tree” with bluntly cut limbs that rise staunchly amidst a backdrop of heavy wood beams and arroyo stones. Referencing the mythical tree of life, it stands as a formidable icon to the Craftsman Style of architecture known throughout the area, and represents the movement’s joining together of natural elements and human design. Fine’s replicated tree is reminiscent of the ficus trees that line the streets throughout Highland Park. Two elderly examples of these trees still exist on Avenue 58 adjacent to the station, and have “enveloped” their original steel tree cages just as Fine’s “Stone Tree” is burgeoning around its wrapped copper cable. On the station’s platform, two canopy-support posts turned topsy-turvy with structural limbs anchored to the ground provide seating for waiting passengers. Referred to as “Inverted Post” by the artist, these elements represent a counterpoint …

Second Line

A new series of sculptural parasols titled “Second Line” by artists Jamex and Einar de la Torre front the new Rosa Parks Customer Center and offer shade and enjoyment for the community at future events.

Cha-Rie Tang, River of Time

River of Time


In a landscaped area before the entry ramps, a seven-foot-high sculptural rock—shaped by river water over thousands of years—is encircled by a “pool” of handmade glass bricks set in a concrete slab.

Susan Logoreci, Right of Way

Right Above The Right-Of-Way


Project Description Just as this aerial station provides views of the surrounding areas, the artworks present aerial views of local neighborhoods, depicted in an intricate series of colored pencil drawings. Drawn from photographs that were shot from a helicopter hovering above the city, the images present the structured landscape of the area punctuated with identifiable landmarks. Seen as a body of work, the group of eight art panels reveal a patchwork of growth and development that describe an ever changing civic infrastructure. Artist Statement “While waiting in the station, passengers will be able to see certain landmarks and to get a sense of where they are in a large, dense landscape. The handmade quality of my drawings reflects on the idea that our cities are places that we create and care for together.” About the Artist SUSAN LOGORECI has completed public art projects for the Los Angeles International Airport and City National Bank. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Minsk, Torrance Art Museum, Angels Gate Cultural Center and …

Rider’s Dream


Project Description Passengers are greeted at Allen Station, situated along the 210 Freeway median, by Michael Amescua’s dramatic grillwork adorning the street-level entrance. Amescua’s series of steel panels, created in the tradition of papel picado, or punched paper, are painted a deep forest green with brushed stainless steel and red enamel accents, and forms a relief against a golden ceramic tile wall. Papel picado is a folk art that can be traced back to pre-Columbian times, when Mexicans used cutout bark paper depicting a variety of human and animal spirits as offerings to the gods, as a tribute to the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma II, and as decoration in their temples and palaces. Amescua’s panels depict a family of figures and a dog in a mystical romp through the region’s rich flora and fauna—an idyllic background scene that includes a sun and moon, stars that morph into birds, palm and pine trees, mountains and arroyo, river boulders, and rail tracks. These images mimic the surroundings that can be viewed from the station platform above. Another panel …

Red Car Requiem

Mark Steven Greenfield’s glass mosaic, titled Red Car Requiem, for the station’s concourse will be a sentimental tribute to Los Angeles’s historic Pacific Electric Red Cars, a once iconic fixture in the city.

John Outterbridge has created Pyramid


Artist John Outterbridge has created Pyramid, a bilateral, reinforced-concrete pyramidal form, located at the northwest end of the station entrance.

Kipp Kobayashi, Noel Korten and Marta Perlas AIA, "Plantings"


The artist team- Kipp Kobayashi, Noel Korten and Marta Perlas, AIA – created seating environments that produce a strong visual and functional experience for Metro riders at 7th/Metro Center Station, influenced by historic Batchelder tiles in the nearby Fine Arts Building.