‘Life Underground’ media installation debuts at Union Station on Wednesday

In celebration of the Metro Red Line’s 25th birthday and the agency’s 25th anniversary, we are pleased to present Life Underground, an immersive media installation and interactive web documentary featuring subway rider stories from all over the globe at Union Station from January 30 to February 5 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Beginning in June 2016, Hervé Cohen began filming in 13 subways — including here in Los Angeles — throughout the world, capturing the pulse of these vibrant underground environments. Along the way, dozens of passengers confided in him their stories of love, dreams, family, and migration. Relying entirely upon chance encounters, Life Underground is a product of empathy and true human engagement.

Cohen collaborated with installation artist Tonian Irving and music composer Brian Rodvien, who arranged raw sounds of subways recorded during the film shoots, to make these unique melodic and rhythmic soundtracks featured throughout the travel sequences.

A reception to meet the artist is open to the public and will be held Wednesday from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. in the Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall.

The Life Underground website is here.


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