Art of transit: CarFree LA

Glam video from Discover Los Angeles showing people how to explore L.A. without a car.

Art of Transit: Expo Phase 2 edition

EXPO 26th Street Station 06-12-2013


Photo by Expo Line Fan, via submission

The station platform begins to take shape at Olympic/26th Street in Santa Monica; this is the platform that will be adjacent to Bergamot Station. For more construction photos, check out Expo Line Fan’s photo page.

The art of transit

photoWe may not have a lot of cherry trees in Southern California, but jacarandas are a very pretty substitute.

To submit a photo for the Art of Transit, post it to Metro’s Flickr group, email it to or Tweet it to @metrolosangeles with an #artoftransit hashtag. Many of the photos we’ve featured can be seen in these galleries on Flickr.

Impromptu music performance in New York subway station

Musician Michael Bublé performed an a capella version of “Who’s Lovin’ You” inside New York City’s 66th Street-Lincoln Center subway station last Thursday alongside the group Naturally 7. Video of the performance has been making the rounds online.

On performing inside the NYC subway station, Bublé called it: “The most authentic organic way to make music. . . You see some of the greatest musicians in the world come down here and play.”

Click here to see other art happenings inside New York’s subway system.

Art of Transit: Denver gets a new light rail line

Photos by C. Martinez

RTD Denver celebrates the grand opening of the W Line, their newest light rail line. If you happen to be in Denver today or tomorrow, hop on a train and ride for free.

See Metro Art as you CicLAvia to the Sea

Glass mosaic artwork, designed by artist Tom LaDuke, at Culver City Station.

One of eight glass mosaic art panels, featuring artwork by Tom LaDuke on the station platform at Culver City Station.

This Sunday, when you’re walking, cycling, skating or otherwise playing your way through the streets at CicLAvia, be sure to check out bounties of art along the way! The 15-mile CicLAvia route – the longest yet – connects with six Metro Rail stations, each featuring artwork created specifically for the site. (See map with Metro stations here. Explore Metro Art here.)

Five of the six stations are in downtown Los Angeles and the sixth is in Culver City, the current Expo Line terminus, which features some of the newest artwork in the Metro system.

So here’s an idea: Take Metro to CicLAvia (Expo, Red, Purple, Blue or Gold Lines)  and explore L.A.’s unique artistic landscape along the way. Here’s a peek at the art in stations touching the CicLAvia route — from downtown L.A. to Venice Beach.

Union Station

Mural by Richard Wyatt at Union Station's East Portal.

Eighty foot long mural by Richard Wyatt at Union Station. The mural is part of a grouping of artworks in the East Portal, which also includes an aquarium and river bench.

Civic Center Station

Artwork by Faith Ringgold at Civic Center Station

One of 52 smalti (glass) mosaic artworks by Faith Ringgold.  The mosaics are located across four mezzanine walls at Civic Center Station.

Pershing Square Station

Neon artwork by Stephen Antonakos at Pershing Square Station

One of 12 neon sculptures by Stephen Antonakos at Pershing Square Station.

7th Street/Metro Center Station

Tile artwork by Joyce Kozloff at 7th St/Metro Center Station

Detail, one of two ceramic tile murals by Joyce Kozloff. The artworks are located on the mezzanine level at 7th St/Metro Center Station.

Westlake/MacArthur Park Station

Detail of artwork by Sonia Romero at Westlake/MacArthur Station

One of 13 ceramic mosaic tile artworks by Sonia Romero. The mosaics are located on two facing mezzanine walls at Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.

Culver City Station

Two of 8 glass mosaic art panels by Tom LaDuke at Culver City Station.

Two of eight glass mosaic artworks by Tom LaDuke at Culver City Station.

The art of transit: Urban Jungle Edition

Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro

Photo by Jose Ubaldo/Metro

Spotted across the street from the Pershing Square Station entrance, a couple of giraffes watch a passing bus.

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