Art banners brighten up construction areas of the Regional Connector Transit Project

In an effort to mitigate visual impacts during project construction phases, temporary artwork banners have recently been installed along two Regional Connector Transit Project construction sites. The banners can be seen along Hope Street at 2nd Place and on Broadway and Spring streets between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.

From May 2016 through October 2016, Metro Art hosted a series of workshops with the Japanese American National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles to mentor local youth in the design of artwork banners.

The banners have been installed at the following sites:

Hope Street and 2nd Place

Youth from Boyle Heights High School were mentored by artist Edwin Ushiro in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum to create artwork banners inspired by notable landmarks in the surrounding area such as the US Bank Tower, 3rd St. Tunnel and Central Library. Street vendors and the tunnel boring machine “Angeli” are also featured.

2nd Street and Broadway

Youth from the Museum of Contemporary Art Teen Program were mentored by artists Roberto Del Hoyo and David Russell of Mobile Mural Lab to create artwork banners for this construction site, which features graphic patterns depicting aerial views of intertwining freeways, buildings, palm trees, the downtown LA skyline and street grids.

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There is more than 250 feet of artwork banners on three sections of construction fence along Hope Street. Artwork banners at the 2nd Street and Broadway site are hung on two sound walls — one facing Spring Street and the other facing Broadway. The artwork banner facing Spring Street is 41 feet long. The artwork banner facing Broadway measures approximately 33 feet long.

The Regional Connector Transit Project extends from the Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles, allowing passengers to transfer to Blue, Expo, Red and Purple Lines, bypassing Union Station.  The 1.9-mile alignment will serve Little Tokyo, the Arts District, Civic Center, The Historic Core, Broadway, Grand Avenue, Bunker Hill, Flower Street and the Financial District.

The tunnel boring machine “Angeli” broke through to the future Grand Avenue/Bunker Hill Station at the 2nd Place and Hope Street construction site in June. Learn more about that event here.

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