Monumental sculpture, Time Piece, to be installed at new El Monte Station

Rendering of Donald Lipski’s Time Piece. The 30-foot tall clock tower will be installed in the entry plaza of the El Monte Transit Center. Rendering by RNL Architects.

An iconic, large-scale sculpture by Donald Lipski will be installed next week at Metro’s new El Monte Station, which is nearing completion.

Lipski, a renowed sculptor in the field of public art, created a monumental clock tower–with a twist. Entitled Time Piece, the artwork includes three double sided clocks suspended from a sweeping 30 foot tall stainless steel arch, using a web of thin stainless steel cables.

The functional sculpture echoes the grand clock towers historically found in transit systems, but is updated to contemporary times and the specific context of the new facility.

Built in the 1970s, the original transit center was the busiest bus-only station west of the Mississippi. The station was demolished to make way for a new two-level station, doubling its previous size and accommodating up to 40,000 daily riders. Completion and station opening is slated for late summer 2012.

Click here for a prior Source post on this artwork, and here for more information on Donald Lipski’s work.

10 replies

  1. I would be more impressed if the MTA was announcing an ACTUAL OPENING DATE for “El Monte Station” (originally slated to open August 9th, and now RUMORED to have a “late August” opening date!). As a resident of El Monte that sees the construction “progressing”, I am guessing the actual opening date of “El Monte Station” will not be before the El Monte Centennial celebration in November!

  2. As I remembered, the green boards around the temporary bus stops says “Coming Soon 2011.” Riders are really confused. Does it mean as of right now, that the new transit center will not be opened until months after the opening of the I-10 Express Lanes?

    On a related matter, does it mean that the new plaforms that connect the Express Lanes and the Union Station will be completed months after this pilot project?

  3. WHY DOES the MTA pay more attention to “artwork”, then getting an ACTUAL TRANSIT CENTER BUILT AND OPERATING so that bus riders can actually utilize it? I am pretty sure this is what kept the the Culver City and Farmdale “Expo Line” stations closed for an extra 6 weeks, as well as what kept the ENTIRE Expo Line from opening earlier!

    • Hi there;

      The artwork had nothing to do with the delays in opening the Expo Line. The delays involved issues with signaling systems, electronics and other construction that needed to be done at the stations. The Farmdale station was a late addition to the project and the Culver City station was delayed in part by a financial dispute between Culver City and transit officials that delayed some work from getting done.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  4. Neglected bus driver,

    I agree with you. All these taxpayer funds wasted on art should be repealed on whatever bonehead law it’s in.

    Imagine how much money and how much faster things can get going if those funds can be directed back to real transit projects.

    Art can come later when Metro starts making money on their own just like everybody else. People don’t go out and take out a bank loan to buy the Mona Lisa before making money and wondering why it costs more to maintain them than the money they’re getting back. Why is Metro free to waste tax dollars like this? Who’s in charge of overseeing all these dumb financial decisions?

    Every taxpayer dollar needs to be prioritized to really important stuff like fixing whatever is causing the delays on the Blue Line first. Every single cent used by Metro needs to be dug down and scrutinized with better oversight.

  5. Public art may be an easy target to decry “wasteful public spending,” but the facts show otherwise. Large-scale projects are required by law to spend a TINY percentage (1% I believe) of their overall budget on public art. This money amounts to very little in the grand scheme of project financing so eliminating public art would not help expedite projects in any way.

  6. GaryB

    1% of a billion dollar budget is 10 million bucks. Ten million bucks on wasteful spending on things like art is better used elsewhere.

    Whatever bonehead law it’s in, it needs to be repealed.

  7. How about fare machines on the Silver Line? Every morning someone has to pay cash and this slows down boardings.

  8. calwatch,

    Care to guess why people choose to pay cash instead of getting a TAP card loaded with cash value? Because no one likes the three year expiration and “fork over $2 for a new one” hidden tax.

    Paying cash saves $2 every three years. Paying cash doesn’t expire and see your funds gone in three years.

    If Metro is serious about moving people to TAP, they need to stop being arrogant and remove these fees and fix TAP.