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.
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.
Bold, sculptural chairs take their influence from the elegant, wood and leather seating located above the platform, in historic Union Station.
Traveler, a tile mural located at the bottom of the escalator at the east entrance of the subway station, depicts travelers from different eras in a Los Angeles “timescape” that features historical references such as Spanish galleons, the Pico House, Olvera Street and actress Carol Lombard.
Roy Nicholson’s artwork for two facing concrete wall locations at a below grade portal celebrates the natural beauty of Los Angeles’ favorable geographic position on the 34th parallel.
This artist team designed a series of six bus passenger waiting areas which reference the social and natural history of the site and incorporate ideas about shelter, movement, evolution and change.
Metro’s newly-opened Patsaouras Plaza Busway Station is on the south side of Patsaouras Plaza at Union Station and serves the Metro J Line (Silver) and other transit buses operating on the El Monte Busway Line. Commissioned artist Ned Kahn designed Wind Bridge, a new artwork that is a system of integrated metal panels along the pedestrian bridge leading to the new station.
This artist team worked with project architects to form seating areas, planter walls and fountains which together form an inviting corner park.
Hand-painted and glazed ceramic tile on the undersurfaces of the bridges provide the illusion of lacy tree branches overhead, while cast relief tiles feature a variety of native birds and animals which might once have inhabited this spot.
This large painting on aluminum panels is located above the escalators at the west entrance to the Metro B Line (Red) subway station.
Michael Amescua’s decorative and functional art elements grace several areas throughout the entry to Metro Headquarters and the Patsaouras Bus Plaza.
The artwork is a unique collaboration between two artists, May Sun and Richard Wyatt, who worked together to develop all elements of the artwork’s multiple interlinking elements including the 80 foot long mural, aquarium, floor tiles and river bench to create a sense of place resonant of the history and pre-history of the site.
Passersby may discover unexpected images that are hidden in the light patterns, and by speaking near a hidden microphone can activate a responsive sound system.
The Waiting Room Gallery presents exhibitions that engage a broad range of transit patrons and visitors to Union Station. The program creates a memorable, dynamic environment for our customers and encourages the use of public transit.
Metro Art Presents (MAP) showcases an exciting year-round array of arts and cultural events at historic Union Station—and beyond. From music and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings to experimental and mixed-media presentations, the programs creatively activate downtown’s primary transportation hub for all ages.
About the Event Enjoy live music from Grupo Bella and Kingston Ska Collective featuring members of Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra and vocalist Jesse Wagner, programmed by Metro Art Presents for the Union Station Goliday Tree Lighting on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Iconic Union Station will become a hub for the holidays, summoning the sights and sounds of the season with the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony under the stars in the Station’s South Patio. To kick off the season, the historic Station will illuminate a towering 35-foot tree as guests are immersed in thousands of glistening lights on the South Patio while enjoying a free hot cocoa and holiday cookie bar. The fun, festive, family-friendly celebration will also feature a holiday arts and crafts zone, custom photo ops and Santa selfies, an appearance by VIP guests from the North Pole to vault visitors into the holiday spirit and more. Featured Artists Kingston Ska Collective, featuring members of Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, is best described as Duke Ellington meets Jamaica. The …
Metro Art Presents SUMMERTIME, an uplifting love letter to Los Angeles and all the stories it holds. Join us FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2022 beginning at 6:30pm for a screening, live poetry performance, music by Austin Antoine and more. RSVP is required.
Metro Art Presents a live concert by Los Angeles-based Dorian Wood: XAVELA LUX AETERNA, a chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, on FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2022 @ 8PM
The second installment of Metro Art Presents x KJAZZ Jazz Tracks at Union Station featured De Leon Division, Sam Gendel / Blake Mills / Benny Bock and Bobby Bradford and Friends performing Stealin’ Home – A Jackie Robinson Suite on SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2022 @ 2PM.
On FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2021 at 12pm, On the Move Riders Program and Metro Art Presents are proud to bring you their latest installment of Raised on Records, a holiday edition, as we welcome back an annual tradition through this livestream concert with Deke Dickerson + The Whippersnappers…plus dancers Adolfo & Cat of Time 2 Swing
Metro Art Presents Poetry O’Clock, a poetry exchange pop-up in the historic Union Station Information Booth, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2021 between 1-7 pm in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America.
To celebrate the summer reopening of the much-loved (and always played) public piano at Union Station in Summer 2021, Metro Art Presents premiered a back-to-back week of pop-up piano performances from JULY 19-23, 2021 highlighting Los Angeles-based musicians Brandon Coleman, Jamael Dean, Inna Faliks, Donia Jarrar, and Jonathan Montes. The videos remain available online.
All-female mariachi ensemble Las Colibrí is the centerpiece of this original Mother’s Day performance of Versos y Besos (verses and kisses), which reimagines living archives and women’s history linking poetry, place and sound.
BAGGAGE is a personal family narrative of migration told in three chapters unpacked through music, dance, and memory inside the landmark historic space that has served as a gateway to the many individual and collective California arrival stories over the past eight decades.
METRO ART PRESENTS Moving Through, a month of dance + movement for times of change, in collaboration with Pieter Performance Space.