“Talking Drums” artwork has been installed at future Leimert Park Station

A vast color spectrum of glass panels now wrap the pavilion entrance as seen in this shot documenting the construction progress.

Brightly colored glass art walls now surround the pavilion glass entryway of the future Leimert Park Station, which is currently under construction.

The artwork, titled Talking Drums, is by Ingrid Calame, who worked collaboratively to develop the artwork with William Watters and Jasmine Morgan of local non-profit organization The RightWay Foundation. The team created large scale rubbings of architecturally and culturally significant features in the area such as drums, handmade tile, and doorways. Calame then collaged the resulting images together against a multi-color gradient to act as a library of community features.

The sunlit illuminated panels cast the imagery on the station portal’s stairs and escalators throughout the day, while interior station lighting creates an evening lantern glow at night.

Learn more about the artwork on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Art Program page, and scroll down for a video on the artwork development process.

Calame’s process for selecting glass color samples for artwork fabrication.

Rubbings referencing drum circles at Leimert Park will soon greet riders as they enter the station.

Watters and Morgan assisting Calame in creating the rubbings in Leimert Park Village.

Watters and Morgan measure to prepare for rubbings.

2 replies

  1. What will be the turn around to replace broken panels? What provisions are being made to deal with damage? The Lake Ave Station of the Gold Line has panels that have been broken. Months went by with plywood covering the holes.