Celebrate Harbor Gateway through the eyes of artist Emily Kiwa Tanaka

In the latest poster to debut in Metro Art’s popular Through the Eyes of Artists series, artist Emily Kiwa Tanaka celebrates the Harbor Gateway community with a colorful collage of urban planning featuring:

  • A multi-lane commercial corridor, Del Amo Avenue;
  • Mid-century housing and manicured home niwas (gardens);
  • Historic Gardena Blvd and school mascot “easter eggs” from Harbor Gateway schools;
  • A remembrance of those resting at a Memorial Park.


Poster Signing Event at Harbor Gateway Library

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 3:30-4:30pm
Harbor City – Harbor Gateway Branch Library
24000 S. Western
Harbor CityCA 90710

Artist Emily Kiwa Tanaka will debut her new tribute to Harbor Gateway created for Metro Art’s Through the Eyes of Artists poster series at a meet-the-artist event and signing taking place at the Harbor City – Harbor Gateway Branch Library.

The artist will be signing posters, and Metro Art staff will also be available with information on Metro Art programs.

Harbor Gateway Branch Library will also be hosting the 150th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and Design the Library of the Future, encouraging visitors to use their creativity to imagine what they think the library may look like in another 150 years.

?Learn more about the events on Los Angeles Public Library’s website.

? Go Metro to Harbor City! Use Metro’s Trip Planner or download the Transit app to plan your trip.


About the Artist

EMILY KIWA TANAKA (b. 1980, Long Beach, CA) is a nisei (second generation) Japanese American artist and community organizer whose practice involves transforming stories into whimsical illustrations. Emily utilizes her training in Japanese brush calligraphy and engineering to play with scale, create fun activities and public art that engages the community.

She has created art events and activations with the Long Beach Zine Fest, Museum of Latin American Art and for Downtown Long Beach Alliance. Emily is also a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo architecture school alum. 


About Through the Eyes of Artists

In the tradition of celebrating transportation through colorful travel destination posters, Metro Art commissions a diverse range of Los Angeles artists to create original artworks for the Through the Eyes of Artists series. Established in 2003, the posters are displayed on board Metro trains and buses. 


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.

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1 reply

  1. I’m a professor of art and in my opinion “AI art” is no art at all. I suggest that Metro hire an artist that knows how to paint/draw for true originality or can’t Metro afford it?