Inspired by his childhood memories of Southern California’s former transit system, Metro-commissioned artist Mark Steven Greenfield has created a site-specific artwork for the Regional Connector Transit Project that pays homage to the Pacific Electric Railway streetcar. Fondly known as the Red Car, the streetcars were popular and ubiquitous across Southern California from the early 1900s until the early ’60s.
Greenfield’s abstract composition, titled Red Car Requiem, translates the streetcars’ colors and energy — and even conductors’ ticket punch marks — to a vibrant mosaic mural for the Historic Broadway Station at Broadway and 2nd in DTLA. The artwork is emblematic of his memories — and now he wants to hear yours.
In collaboration with his alma mater, California State University, Los Angeles, Mark Steven Greenfield is seeking the stories held by the last generation of Red Car riders. The general public is welcome to participate.
Find a link to his survey here. The deadline to respond is 5 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Responses may inspire a virtual story-sharing conversation with the artist and will be archived in the LA Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive. The stories shared through the survey will be available to the public, Metro staff, urban planners, community organizers and historians now and in the future.
Categories: Metro Art