Gayle Anderson from Metro fills us in on all the art that is apart of the Expo Line newest stations that are opening tomorrow!
From rail and bus stations to transit facilities, construction fences and poetry cards, Metro Art enriches the transit environment and contributes to the artistic vibrancy of the neighborhoods we serve. Metro commissions artists to create engaging artworks that make the journey more inviting and pleasurable for transit users. The artworks mirror Los Angeles County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. Established in 1989, the Metro Art program has commissioned over 300 artists for a wide variety of temporary and permanent projects. Artists are selected through a peer review process with community participation. All works are created specifically for their transit-related sites. Metro’s public art policy allocates one half of one percent of project construction costs for art.
For more information and free docent guided tours of the Expo Line—and all Metro Rail stations—visit metro.net/art or call 213/922-4ART.
The final two stations to open on the Metro Expo Line, Culver City and Farmdale, include 32 new glass mosaic artworks, with original artwork designs created by Los Angeles artists Tom LaDuke and Michael Massenburg. In total, 176 new artworks on the Expo Line enrich the transit environment and contribute to the artistic vibrancy of the neighborhoods served by Metro.
Like all Expo Line stations, one artist was commissioned to create original artwork for each of the new stations. There are between 8 and 24 individual art panels per station, which are displayed above the entry archways and seating areas. The panels present a body of work by a single artist and add a continuous visual narrative that defines the rail line as it travels through various neighborhoods.
“The artwork is an entry point to different layers of LA—both its neighborhoods and its people.” said Jorge Pardo, Director of Art & Design for Metro Creative Services. “The art beckons to transit riders at a human scale, offering a glimpse and a flavor of life along the Expo Line.”
Durable materials at all stations ensure the artworks are resistant to graffiti and color fading, and are easy to maintain.