DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA MTA STATION
The twenty-four individual glass mosaic panels designed for the EXPO LINE Downtown Santa Monica Station form an outdoor art gallery collectively known as "L.A. Sonata". The imagery was inspired by the world cultures that have come to Los Angeles and shaped its distinct international character. The images trace the passage of the Day and the Seasons, much like the musical movements of a symphony. They describe the journey and the passage of time in a remix of the cultural icons, colors, and patterns inspired by the city's cultural diversity. Each panel stands alone as a visual memory and together they tell the story of a great city poised at the "edge of the continent."
The station opened to the public May 20, 2016.
ORIGINAL PASTEL PAINTINGS for Santa Monica MTA Station
For 6 months in 2013 I created twenty-four original designs for the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station. The originals are pastel on paper and in order to translate the images into a durable outdoor material I was fortunate enough to have Mosaicos Venecianos in Cuernavaca, Mexico as a partner on this project. Four generations of the Perdomo Family have operated the finest artisan mosaic studio in the Western Hemisphere. Their patience and expertise were essential in translating the original works into the glorious glass mosaic panels that grace the platforms of this station.
Colorado Street Platform -"The Passing of the Seasons"
4th Street Platform -"The Passing of the Day"