Artist Mariana Castillo Deball selected to design future Wilshire/La Cienega Station concourse artwork

Mariana Castillo Deball demonstrates a fossil rubbing technique for project paleontologists. Rubbings of fossils found at the project excavation site will be included in the artwork design.

The artist Mariana Castillo Deball has been selected to design a site-specific, integrated glass tile artwork for the concourse level of the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station, part of the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project’s on the Westside. Castillo Deball was recommended for the commission by a panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the project area, following a competitive selection process including review of artists’ qualifications, past work and proposals tailored to the opportunity.

Castillo Deball’s artistic practice has been compared to that of an archeologist because of her meticulous and thorough methods of researching and finding connections between natural materials and historical objects that span history. She often uses fossil rubbings in her artwork as a way to reference the layering of geologic and cultural history. Interestingly, more fossils have been found at the Wilshire/La Cienega Station excavation site than the other two stations on section 1 of the project.

Artist Mariana Castillo Deball. Photo: Christopher Mack

The artist will work with project paleontologists Dr. Ashley M. Leger and Eric Scott from Cogstone Resources Management, Inc. to obtain rubbings of actual fossils to include in the artwork’s design. Castillo Deball’s artistic approach will bridge the prehistoric history with the literal and figurative layers of history of the local area from past to present.

She joins eight other distinguished artists — Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Mark Dean Veca, Karl Haendel, Ken Gonzales-Day, Susan Silton, Todd Gray and Soo Kim — who are currently designing artworks for future D Line stations.

Learn more about the art program for the subway project here.

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And here’s a recent video on some of the fossils found during subway construction featuring Ashley Leger: