Young Artist Spotlight: MOCA and Heart of L.A. program gets preview of Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill station artwork

Metro Art commissioned Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill station artist, Pearl C. Hsiung, recently led an art-making workshop where budding young artists had a unique look into High Prismatic, her new artwork at the station. 

Hsiung started the morning by sharing how the geology and history that shaped Bunker Hill informed her design of the 61-foot tall glass mosaic mural. Other highlights of the day were a bird’s eye preview of High Prismatic from MOCA’s rooftop, a tour of the current Henry Taylor exhibition led by the MOCA education team and a hands-on art workshop with Hsiung.

The workshop took place on the 6th floor of the MOCA, overlooking Bunker Hill neighborhood and allowing the teens to safely see High Prismatic and the underground construction site from above.

The workshop took place on the 6th floor of the MOCA, overlooking Bunker Hill neighborhood and allowing the teens to safely see High Prismatic and the underground construction site from above.

The event—a collaboration between Metro Art, the MOCA Teen Program, and Heart of Los Angeles— was hosted at MOCA Grand Avenue.  

The Prismatic Self-Portraits workshop encouraged teens to connect art, place and personal identity through abstract portraiture. As the group worked on their self-portraits, they reflected on the forces that have shaped their own lives. Colors and proportions were assigned to the ‘shaping forces’ in their lives, which included family, ancestry, migrations, media and society.   

Check out some of their artworks and more photos from the day here: 

 

A few of the completed Prismatic Self-Portraits.

A few of the completed Prismatic Self-Portraits.

 

Students used color paper, markers, scissors and glue to create their Prismatic Self-Portraits.

Students used color paper, markers, scissors and glue to create their Prismatic Self-Portraits.

 

Artist Pearl C. Hsiung takes a photo with a few HOLA students.

Artist Pearl C. Hsiung takes a photo with a few HOLA students.

High Prismatic is one of seven new site-specific, integrated artworks for the three new stations that are part of the Regional Connector Transit Project. 

Click here for more information about the artist and High Prismatic. 

Click here for more information about more upcoming station artworks created for the Regional Connector Transit Project. 

 

About Metro Art   

Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout LA County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. Click here for more information about the Metro Art program. Follow Metro Art on  Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe for email updates. 

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