Metro Artworks

Travel from downtown LA to Santa Monica on the E Line (Expo) which serves popular destinations such as: USC, Exposition Park (including the California Science Center and Natural History Museum), Crenshaw District, Culver City, Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.

Michael Massenburg, All in a Day

All in a Day

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.

And Here I Will Stay

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 E Line (Expo). The back side of the sash contains a painted, abstracted map of the area with a blue line denoting the route of the E Line (Expo). 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, …

Jose Lozano, LA Metro Lotería

LA Metro Lotería

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Jose Lozano’s LA Metro Lotería plays with the station name “La Brea,” retaining the Spanish language prefixes “La,” “El,” or “Los,” and substituting “Brea” with passenger interactions commonly encountered while riding Metro.

Judithe Hernandez, L.A. Sonata

L.A. Sonata

By weaving cultural identifiers with elements that denote the passage of time, artworks create a sense of shared place and historical significance that honors the heritage of the local, the immigrant and the tourist alike.

Local Color, Constance Mallison

Local Color

While these collected discards are often overlooked by passersby, the artist re-presents these materials as the central focus of the landscapes, suggesting that they reveal potential narratives about the people who frequent the area. 26th St/Bergamot Station is located in close proximity to Bergamot Station Arts Center, a major hub for artistic activity.

Robbert Flick, "On Saturdays" (study for artwork panel)

On Saturdays

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Flick presents the landscape of the major streets surrounding Expo Park/ USC Station as a stream of images one might encounter through the window of a moving vehicle.

Abel Alejandre, Panoramas

Panoramas

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Artworks on gateway arches depict the legs of travelers headed to their destinations: a business professional with her rolling briefcase, a parent with a stroller and a hummingbird in flight.

Susan Logoreci, Right of Way

Right Above The Right-Of-Way

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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 …

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

The Crying Rock and Saint Monica

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Project Description Saint Monica, known as the “weeping saint,” was said to have shed tears every night over her son Augustine’s hedonistic lifestyle. Father Juan Crespi was reminded of her eyes when he first saw a pair of sacred springs, named Kuruvungna by the native Tongva tribe, at what is now the border of Santa Monica and West Los Angeles on the campus of University High School. The cultural and geological history behind the City of Santa Monica’s namesake became the conceptual entry point for this artwork. While the Spanish missionaries associated the watery tears with Saint Monica’s motherly frustration, Tongva elder and cultural consultant Julia Bogany recalled the story of The Crying Rock, which references the painful memory of lives taken during Spanish colonization. The story is one of grief but also of Tongva mercy and resilience. The artwork holds these personifications of nature and remembrances in parallel. Water has shaped the geology of Santa Monica, eroding the sandstone at the coastline while giving life to the Tongva and settlers. The sculpture’s monumental sandstone …

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 …

Tom LaDuke, "Unknowable Origins" (study for one of eight art panels)

Unknowable Origins

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In “Unknowable Origins” by artist Tom LaDuke, softly rendered painterly views of Culver City as seen from surrounding hillside viewpoints frame the entry to the Culver City Station.

Urban Dualities

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At Jefferson/USC Station, Samuel Rodriguez weaves a visual narrative that includes fragments of building facades, vintage rail cars, human figures, and fictional characters. Each art panel is visually divided by the silhouette of bike frames, the layout of a comic book.

Cliff Garten, "Weaving a Transit Parkway: An Urban Allegory"

Weaving a Transit Parkway: An Urban Allegory

Artist(s):

Cliff Garten worked directly with the Preliminary Engineering Design Team to research, analyze and creatively interpret environmental/ historical resources to create a conceptual approach to the overall design continuity of the alignment, opportunities for individual station artists, and a design project that references the historic physical context of the E Line (Expo) Right of Way.