Walking in the Leimert Park Station on the Crenshaw/LAX Line (K Line), Metro Art commissioned artist Mickalene Thomas admires the texture and color in the glass mosaic mural that captures the quality of light and the cultural and visual richness of the neighborhood.
In her original design, Thomas used photocollage techniques to construct the layered composition of iconic landmarks, which include the Leimert Park Fountain and the Vision Theatre. The photocollage was then translated into durable glass mosaic by skilled artisans who worked with Thomas to realize the mural.
Glass sheets in custom colors were created for this mural and cut by hand into millions of small mosaic pieces and assembled to create the 68-foot long artwork. The mosaic mural was then transported to the station and installed in segments. The artwork is now fully installed, and will greet future riders as they enter the turnstiles.
Learn more about the artwork here.
Learn more about the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project (K Line) Art Program here.