A new artwork was recently installed at Aviation/Century Station, which is currently under construction. The artwork is the first component of Rise by Sherin Guirguis. It will be followed by ten additional full color artworks comprised of porcelain enamel steel on station structures. The intent is to create the effect of walking through a three-dimensional painting.
Alluding to architectural ironworks adorning nearby homes, two parallel painted steel artworks mirror each other along either side of the elevated rail platform. The geometric patterns blend western minimalism with eastern ornamentation, referencing the artist’s birthplace (Egypt) and her journey to Los Angeles, and incorporating themes of migration and the intersection of cultural histories.
As a regular Metro rider, Guirguis wanted to connect the experiences of people from many different backgrounds as they converge in the public space of transit. A prominent visual feature of the station, the artwork will connect Metro transit to LAX airport and welcome the international community.
Categories: Metro Art