Artwork installed at future Aviation/Century Station  

View of new artwork from the station platform

View from the station plaza

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.  

6 replies

    • Hi Phil;

      Opening date for Crenshaw/LAX Line is to be determined. We need the contractor to finish up their work and hand the project over to Metro for testing and training before a date can be set.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • When does the contractor intend to leave their worksites? If i recall correctly it takes a month for Metro to run pre-revenue testing, so having an idea of when the contractor will wrap up would be very helpful.

          • so… they don’t have a plan to finish then? ask them for an estimate, and if they don’t give you one, press them. two days? two weeks? two months? a year? the rest of time? if they answer “we’ll be done before that” to any of those timeframes, then that is a better indication than “no answer”.

            when someone gives me a project, i usually have a good idea of how long it might take to finish. and it becomes clearer as i near the end.

  1. Since there were contractor construction defects and they have provided Metro with no time line; I would assume once the contractor is finished and Metro examines and tests the line, we are probably looking at revenue service starting no earlier than some time in 2023.