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Exhibition on Expo: 176 pieces of new public art to debut this weekend

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"Wanderers" by artist Willie Robert Middlebrook is on display at Expo/Crenshaw Station. The Expo Line is set to open April 28, 2012.

Metro officially launches the Expo Line light rail on Saturday, and with this landmark expansion comes the debut of a new public art collection. The Expo Line includes a remarkable 176 commissioned new artworks by ten California artists.

Riders will find the expertly crafted pieces spread among ten new stations, and presented like an outdoor gallery of double-sided panels not only visible to people on the platform, but also to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, or anyone else passing by.

Developing art on this scale is a hand-crafted process with several stages. Metro's newest pieces went through a series of rigorous evaluations before the works could begin to be re-imagined for a public space. 

Artists create in their medium (painting or photography, for example) and then their work is translated into a public piece, fabricated to withstand an open environment.