Metro Artworks

The recently renovated A Line (Blue) was Metro’s first rail line to open in 1990. It provides rail service between Downtown Los Angeles (7th St/Metro Center station) and Downtown Long Beach.

Patrick Mohr, "Angel Train"

Angel Train

Artist(s):

Patrick Mohr’s “Angel Train” is a metaphor for the spiritual journey we all take during the course of our lives, merging the architectural past of downtown Long Beach and the journey of the commuter with the invisible poetic world of fantasy.

Roberto Salas, "Blue Line Totems in Red"

Blue Line Totems in Red

Artist(s):

“Blue Line Totems in Red” is Roberto Salas’s tribute to the historic Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway. The key element of the project is a series of red “totems” mounted on the platform columns and perforated with designs taken from the 1,100 unique shapes used by conductors to punch tickets on the old Red Cars.

Paul Tzanetopoulos, Breezy and Delightful

Breezy and Delightful

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.

Eva Cockcroft, Compton: Past, Present and Future

Compton: Past, Present and Future

Artist(s):

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.

Colin Gray, Del Amo Wheel

Del Amo Wheel

Artist(s):

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.

Roberto Gil de Montes, "Heaven to Earth"

Heaven to Earth

Located above the escalator at the Hope Street entrance to the Metro Center Station, “Heaven to Earth” is a ceramic tile triptych with strong allegorical content.

JoeSam., "Hide-n-Seek"

Hide-n-Seek

Artist(s):

Working with local children, artist JoeSam. created Hide-n-Seek, a giant figural game located amid the numerous freeway supporting columns at the site. Throughout the two levels of the Wilmington/Imperial Station (now known as the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station)

Terry Braunstein, "Local Odysseys" (study)

Local Odysseys

Artist(s):

Local Odysseys, Terry Braunstein’s project for the Anaheim Station, is a series of fourteen photo-montages that have been fabricated into porcelain enamel panels dealing with community, values, and travel.

Merge Conceptual Design, "Out of Sight" (detail)

Out of Sight

“Out of Sight” by Merge Conceptual Design at Willow Street Station consists of a stunning glass canopy and concrete benches. The translucent glass panels are slanted to depict a photo image of a willow tree in the south direction, and a photo image of the web of catenary wires that power the rail system as seen from the north direction.

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

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.

Elliot Pinkney, "Running for the Blue Line"

Running for the Blue Line

Artist(s):

Contributing to the excitement and energy of the station is “Running for the Blue Line,” by Elliot Pinkney a group of three metal cut out figures that gives the work its name and captures the hard-working spirit of this industrial community.

Jamex and Einar de la Torre, "Second Line" (detail)

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.

South Central Suite

At the two levels of Slauson Station, artist collaborative group East Los Streetscapers examines the culture and history of the neighborhood of the station in “South Central Suite.” 

Joyce Kozloff, "The Movies: Fantasies and Spectacles"

The Movies: Fantasies and Spectacles

Artist(s):

Installed at eye level along the platform walls of 7th/Metro Station, Joyce Kozloff’s two long and narrow hand painted ceramic tile murals, The Movies: Fantasies, and The Movies: Spectacles, resemble an unfolding film strip.