Courtesy of Metro
"Wanderers" by artist Willie Robert Middlebrook is on display at the Expo/Crenshaw Station of the recently opened Expo Line.
California artists, your train has arrived. Metro announced this week that it is seeking submissions for public art pieces along the Expo Line.
As part of the Expo Line, Phase 2 development, Metro released the call to artists for seven future stations in Los Angeles County and Santa Monica.
One piece of public art by the people, for the people, will be selected for each of the following future station locations:
- National/Palms Blvd.
- Expo/Westwood Blvd.
- Expo/Sepulveda Blvd.
- Expo/Bundy Ave.
- Olympic/26th St.
- Colorado/17th St.
- Colorado/4th St.
Consideration will be given to both emerging and established artists with a background in two-dimensional media, says Metro. For these submissions, prior public art experience is not a requirement.
At the Santa Monica station at Colorado/4th, an iconic sculpture will also be selected, and prior experience, plus other criteria, must be met for those submissions.
Courtesy of Metro
"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.
Courtesy of the City of Glendale
Anita Garouni's painting "Home" was rejected as a public art donation by the City of Glendale.
Noses are up and thumbs are down in Glendale where officials have rejected a donated public art piece for the first time in more than ten years.
The colorful piece, featuring Armenian figures floating near the Statue of Liberty and Turkey's Mt. Ararat, was praised for its "beautiful theme" but considered not culturally inclusive enough. It also "wasn’t of the highest aesthetic quality," according to a report that appraised the 18-by-24 inch oil painting at $1,800.
Robbed of this diamond in the rough, residents of The Jewel City will have to look elsewhere for their daily recommended allowances of floating heads, Armenian princesses and Noah's Arks once destined for a city-owned office wall.
A 15-year resident of Glendale, artist Anita Garouni said of her creative tour de force, it is "an expression of deep gratitude for America, my country, who accepts all…and gives safe haven for the immigrants of the world," explains the Glendale News Press.
Public art had its slow-moving moment in the late-morning sun with a large-scale reinterpretation last weekend of a 1980 Lita Albuquerque earthwork called "Spine of the Earth."
As part of the Pacific Standard Time multi-institutional, multi-discipline art collaboration across Southern California, the Mojave Desert earthwork was recontexualized as a performance piece for an urban park space in Los Angeles.
Translation: Last weekend, 500 people dressed in red creeped down the stairs from the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook like the slowest Lord of the Rings attack ever.
Looking like a cross between a PG-rated Human Centipede and a Caltrans conga line, the lava-eqsue art drones chanted and counted as they inched back to earth.
The piece, which should have been visible from the 10 and 405 freeways, began with a parachuter trailing red smoke.