Art for the Expo Line: first art panels installed!

The first art panels by Robbert Flick are installed at Expo Park/USC Station.

The first art panels were installed today at Expo Park/USC Station, marking a major milestone for the Expo Line. Installation of the 24 art panels will continue over the weekend. If you’re at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC this weekend you might be able to get a sneak peak!

There are several photos after the jump. More will follow in the coming weeks as artwork arrives at the remaining stations.


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20 replies

  1. Having a top photographer, who’s work focuses on L.A. transportation modes or lack there of is brilliant. Love the work – how lucky we are!!

  2. @Ronny

    Revenue, plain and simple. LA’s broke and Metro has no money so the obvious solution is to start using dead space for ads which brings back something than some over-priced artwork which brings zero revenue.

    Or, we can just suck up and deal with higher flat rate fares.

    • Hi Y Fukuzawa;

      I don’t enjoy spending time fact-checking comments, but with all due respect:

      1. Metro “has no money” isn’t true. The agency will release its proposed budget later today — it’s a multibillion dollar budget. Yes, some state and federal funding is certainly threatened. That’s different from having no money.

      2. It’s certainly up to users to decide if artwork is overpriced, although it should be noted that one-half of one percent (or less) of construction costs for rail projects goes to artwork. Artwork in rail stations is common across the world, as it is in other public spaces. I would suggest that having art makes these spaces more attractive to the general public.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  3. Ewwwwww to the digital ads. Not a fan. Who would want to be bombarded with advertisements especially the kind that are more difficult to ignore on a regular basis. Transit TV is bad enough I could not fathom having to be exposed to Ke$ha trying to sell me a coke especially on the weekends. *Shrugs*

    To me the art gives the stations character and identity. Metro did imo a superb job on the Eastside stations. Though that was art integrated into the station design.

    Though I think Metro shot themselves in the foot when the choose the single station design for expo cuz the now the artwork will look tacked on instead blending in with the station.

  4. @John
    +1 I agree. Artwork is great, but it gets old too quickly. First time you see it, it’s all oohs and ahs, but after that it’s a meh.

    Many digital ads do the same job as art these days, they’re fun to watch, highly entertaining, they’re easy to replace/renew, and it brings in revenue to Metro.

    I’d rather have a really cool digital ad that does something effective like teaching bike etiquette on the trains, upcoming games at the Staples Center, new Hollywood movies, or the Space Shuttle coming to town than a static artwork that gets too old quickly.

  5. Do people really give two hoots about “artwork” at a damn train station? People at light-rail stations are there to GET ON/OFF TRAINS, not oggle “artwork”!

  6. @Neal
    I hardly see no bikes on trains when it was banned or no tagging being enforced on trains anyway :p

    If you can’t enforce it, make money off of it, I say. If not Famima!! Kiosks, at least adding soda vending machines also brings in recycling money too.

    @ James Fujita

    Small amount of budget but in the end, it’s still paid for by taxes. Say if it cost Metro $5,000 or so for this art, my inner business person says they could’ve spent the same five grand on a big digital LCD display that displays multiple, rotating ads like those on the London Underground. At least that brings in revenue which changes every so often.

  7. Umm- So who’s the artist? Couldn’t find his/her name…. I sort of recognize the style– but the name should be up there asap! 🙂

  8. @ Y Fukuzawa: Why not both? The art budget for the MTA is really a very, very tiny piece of the overall rail construction budget.

  9. @Y Fukuzawa: The only thing is that the trains don’t allow eating or drinking so installing a soda machine is a bit counterintuitive.

  10. Great artwork, but the business person within me says sarcastically, “ok, how much Metro spent on this artwork which doesn’t earn a single cent of revenue when they could’ve used the same amount of money to put in a soda vending machine instead which actually brings in additional revenue?”

  11. The art work looks nice, and will add flavor to the stations!

  12. I like the color! It suggests a branch of the Blue Line, which it is.

    And USC won’t be the only destination. The aqua blue ocean will be another destination when Phase 2 finishes.

    Tokyo built 12 subway lines, each with a unique color.

  13. oh that’s great! i love checking out the artwork at various metro stops, i always enjoy that while waiting on the train, i’m very excited about the expo line getting so close to completion!

  14. Art looks great! I just had a thought that the color of the station is very UCLA blue. I guess thats just the bruin in me talkin.