Construction Authority offers a handy guide for appreciating station art
The new Gold Line Foothill Extension is up and running, and riders will be treated to a number of cool art installations at stations along the way. Led by art program manager Lesley Elwood, Metro recruited artists from around the country to design public art projects that pay tribute to each station’s location and history. Now, in conjunction with a book detailing each artist’s vision, the Construction Authority has released an audio tour for passengers to listen to as they travel the new line.
Here are some glimpses of the artistry on display at each new station:
San Pedro resident Michael Davis’ station art in Arcadia is inspired by the nearby Santa Anita Racetrack and LA County Arboretum. Horses and local flora and fauna adorn a weathervane sculpture that spins in the breeze as the trains go by.
Pasadena artist Cha-Rie Tang made reliefs of historic tiles to display at the Monrovia Station as a tribute to Ernest Batchelder and other contributors to the California Arts and Crafts Movement. The station also features a sculptural rock imported from China, carved by water over thousands of years.
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The Duarte station features impressive columns designed by Wisconsin artists Andrea Myklebust and Stanton Gray Sears. The columns are topped with hand carved sculptures inspired by the landscape of the area and the history and traditions of its original inhabitants.
Robin Brailsford designed elaborate mosaics for the Irwindale station that celebrate the surrounding landscape, framed by the peaks of the San Gabriel mountains. The hand railings are inscribed with the names of the residents found in Irwindale’s centennial directory.
José Antonio Aguirre worked with Azusa residents to create artwork for the downtown station that includes impressive Spanish Colonial style arches and glass mosaic panels. The station also features a large metal sculpture that boldly announces the city’s name.
For the final stop on the Foothill Extension, Lynn Goodpasture drew inspiration from the agricultural history of the area. Mosaics depicting bees and citrus groves honor horticultural pioneer Henry Dalton, while a canopy of glass panels pay tribute to the enormous palm trees planted by California’s early growers.