Here are five things to know about the artworks-in-progress for the future Martin Luther King Jr. Station. The artworks will contribute to a welcoming environment for future riders and connect the station to surrounding neighborhoods.
Mara Lonner – Glass Entrance Pavilion
- Artist is a long-time Leimert Park resident and design concept was inspired while walking her dog through the neighborhood.
- Artwork is a collage of design elements found on the local streets
- Design elements include Japanese landscaping, house embellishments, weathervanes, stained glass window inserts and signage.
- Some signage is from businesses that evoke memories from many generations of residents.
- Artist will work with area youth to record oral histories of long time neighborhood residents (to be presented online—announced here at later date).
Shinique Smith – Concourse Wall Mosaic
- The elegant yet playful design collages elements from popular culture, fabrics, and calligraphy
- Includes words from Martin Luther King Jr’s inspiring speeches
- Process is akin to yesteryear practice of creating something of beauty from bits and scraps.
- Reflective mirror-like pieces within the mosaic will bring the movements and reflections of viewers into the piece in a lively ever-changing artwork
- Representation of fabrics interwoven into the design are drawn from many cultures, reflecting the diversity of the area
Eileen Cowin – Platform Level Porcelain Enamel Steel
- The artist’s photography is known for suggesting stories, created by combining a few well-chosen images.
- Her artwork design for this project mirrors the format of filmstrips, to be installed as a series of non-linear stories that spark the imagination of transit riders
- The artist held several photo-shoots in businesses and locations along the corridor, enlisting local residents as models for her photography
- The artwork will feature 14 filmstrip-like stories running along the platform, 7 on each side
- The goal is to create multilayered imagery, allowing different interpretations with each new viewing as people using the station daily spend more time with it.
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