Artist Carlson Hatton is hard at work developing his artwork for Hyde Park Station, part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Inspired by his many explorations in the community, his concept is to capture the musical vibrancy and historical legacy of the area in a fresh and contemporary manner.
The artwork imagery aims to balance the energy and social nature of the commercial boulevard with the tranquility of home gardens found in the neighborhoods in between. All set within compositions filled with intricate patterns and color resonant of the light and sky at sunset and sunrise.
Carlson has been meeting with community members to share his concepts and gather feedback. He has also been working with young student artists to introduce them to the public art process. The students, who have personal connections to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, have been participating at key occasions during the artwork development.
The ideas conveyed to the artist about the surrounding community are informing the development of his artwork. Carlson has included references to the rich musical legacy of the area and the vibrant high energy of the wide boulevard juxtaposed with the lush neighborhood gardens and fruit trees. Memorialized in several songs over the years, Crenshaw Boulevard’s past renown as the epicenter of car culture is also referenced.
Several have remarked on the timeless quality of the artwork and expressed appreciation that the layers upon layers of imagery and patterns in the artwork provide a rich tapestry of discovery.
“I like the young, fresh aesthetic,” said Armen Ross, President and CEO of the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce and Co-chair of the C/LAX Community Leadership Council.
“The artwork design is soulful, particularly as reflected in the musical components. It captures the energy of the community,” said Karen Mack, a C/LAX artist selection panelist and the Founder and Executive Director of LA Commons, a Leimert Park-based arts organization.
Below are some images that share Carlson’s process:
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