Art for the Expo Line: All in a Day by Michael Massenburg

Los Angeles poet Nikki Blak is pictured in one of the artwork designs for Farmdale Station

Michael Massenburg’s artwork for Farmdale Station draws on the rich history of Dorsey High School and the surrounding community to illustrate the many people who have contributed to the area’s growth and cultural life. Massenburg uses mixed media techniques, applying paint in several layers and colors to create a dynamic, textured visual field.

(Here’s a link to more information about Massenburg’s work for Farmdale Station.)

Colored glass is separated into tiny mosaic pieces using a specialized hammer, then matched to the original artwork design.

More photos are after the jump!

The completed art panel sits alongside bags of glass mosaic pieces.

Various community leaders are depicted in each artwork panel design. Dale Davis (left) was a longtime arts instructor at Dorsey High School and a co-founder of Brockman Gallery. Libby Clark (center) served as the news editor and food editor for the Los Angeles Sentinel for 50 years, an African American owned and operated weekly newspaper. Vivian Candy Tanamachi (right) is a part of CalTek Net, an organization that helps low-income communities gain access to computer technology.

Twelve of 24 art panels at the frame fabricators’ shop, in various stages of completion.


Art panel is lifted by a crane and installed in its new home on the station platform


Artwork ready to be enjoyed by transit riders

Other Art for the Expo Line stories on the Source:

Engraved in Memory by Daniel Gonzalez
LA Metro Lotería by Jose Lozano
Urban Dualities by Samuel Rodriguez
The Intimacy of Place by Christofer Dierdorff
Ephemeral Views by Ronald Llanos
On Saturdays by Robbert Flick
Neighborhood Reconstructed by Jessica Polzin McCoy
Willie Middlebrook’s Designs for Expo/Crenshaw Station