In an upcoming Metro Art station artwork titled Only Light, Only Love, artist Shinique Smith uses the medium of glass mosaic to share the well-known and empowering words by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that state “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
On this day that is dedicated to love, and in honor of Black History Month, we’re debuting a new video that offers a peek into Shinique Smith’s design process and philosophy—as well as the artist’s hopes for the station artwork to inspire people in everyday life, as she was inspired to include the famous quote by Dr. King that puts love front and center.
“I used (the words of Dr. King) as a connective line in the composition that created a rhythm of movement and the heartbeat throughout the piece,” states Smith.
The artwork will be a prominent feature of the future Martin Luther King Jr. Station, part of the Crenshaw/LAX Line.
Learn more about the artwork here.
Learn more about the Crenshaw/LAX Art Program here.