Meet the Artist: Learn about Walter Hood’s artwork for Downtown Santa Monica Station

Image provided by Molly DeCoudreaux / Hood Design Studio.

Join artist Walter Hood for a guided walk along the Santa Monica Palisades exploring the natural and cultural points of inspiration for his future sculpture at Downtown Santa Monica Station.

His project for the station will reference both the geological and cultural history of Santa Monica through the use of materials that recall Saint Monica, Kuruvungna and the Palisades. In the artist’s words, “The power of water is integral to the geologic history of Santa Monica. Water shaped the coastline, eroding the sandstone at its edges. And yet most residents seldom engage this geology. The proposal springs from this enmeshing of geological and cultural history.”

Saturday, Oct. 21
10 a.m. – noon
10 a.m. Walk:
Meet at the Palisades Park at Wilshire Blvd. and Ocean Ave.
11 a.m. Talk:
Santa Monica Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The short walk will culminate at the Santa Monica Camera Obscura with a presentation of Hood’s artistic process, past work and Metro-commissioned artwork slated for installation this winter.

This free event is held in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica and is open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP here.

Go Metro by taking the Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station, a short walk to Palisades Park. For parking information visit

Click here to read the announcement about the selection of artist Walter Hood for this Metro artwork. Stay tuned for more posts on Meet the Artist events.

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