From Arcadia to Azusa, cultural heritage is beautifully showcased by public art at six new transit stations.
After years of planning and design, Foothill communities can enjoy their first spring of local rail service since the era of the Red Car. Six foothill cities now have new Gold Line transit stations full of artistic and cultural features.
Station art at each stop greets visitors with images of local history, heritage and lore -- sculptures, colorful mosaics, pavement medallions and even song lyrics can be seen on station platforms and nearby plazas. Each community partnered with the Gold Line Foothill Extension Authority's station art staff to create these artistically engaging transit spaces. We preview the station art highlights, all which are accessible on or near station platforms, day and night, 24/7.
ARCADIA STATION: "Arcadian Zephyr" (2016) by Michael Davis
|Detail of weathervane sculpture |
"Arcadian Zephyr" by Michael Davis
City founder Lucky Baldwin brought peacocks from India in the 1890s for Arcadia's neighborhoods, and they have long made their home at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Peacock feather images were designed into the platform canopy, and themes and colors from the Santa Anita Racetrack were designed onto granite benches and stainless steel fence panels.
Placed as a focal point on the station platform, Michael Davis' 22-foot weathervane sculpture uses both botanic garden and racetrack images to reveal the "zephyr" or "gentle breeze" of the Arcadian landscape. The sixteen individual weathervanes depict horses, butterflies, hummingbirds and flowers, crowned by a peacock.
MONROVIA STATION: "River of Time" (2016) by Cha-Rie TangMonrovia's station art is guided by artist Cha-Rie Tang's concepts of stream and mountain where "running water is a potent force guided by the esthetics of chance."
|Bas relief tiles|
Cha-Rie Tang's "mountain" -- a 7-foot sculptural rock from China, carved over the centuries by flowing water. Her "glittering stream" surrounds the rock with glass insets, stemming from the hand-glazed water-color tiles along the nearby ramp. On the platform, support columns are surrounded by decorative bas relief ceramic tiles evocative of the California Arts and Crafts Movement as well as the artist's own creations.
MONROVIA STATION: 1629 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia
DUARTE / CITY OF HOPE STATION: "Spirit of the San Gabriel River" (2016)Myklebust and Sears' station art for Duarte represents the cultural history of the San Gabriel river area with sculptural columns and pavement tiles bearing images of California Live Oak leaves and acorns, Gabrielino-Tongva baskets, citrus fruit and blossoms, and traditional Mexican carved leather saddle designs.
|Citrus-themed bronze |
Prominent on the station platform are three 11-foot, 3,300 lb. steel column sculptures with hand-carved Indiana limestone capitals. Surrounding the sculptural columns are 8" by 8" square bronze bas relief pavement medallions with fruit and flower images found on historic citrus crate labels. The placement of these medallions spreading out from the sculptures is meant to represent the growth of a citrus grove expanding towards the horizon.
DUARTE / CITY OF HOPE STATION: Duarte Road west of Highland Avenue, Duarte
IRWINDALE STATION: "Pioneros de la Rivera de San Gabriel" /
Stenciled into the guardrail panels are the words to "Axis Mundi: A Song of Irwindale," a poem composed by Brailsford in English and Spanish which includes surnames from the Irwindale Centennial Directory.
IRWINDALE STATION: 16000 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale
AZUSA DOWNTOWN STATION: "A Passage Through Memory" (2016)
|Glass mosaic surrounding |
a canopy column
The pair of 16-foot arches made from glass fiber reinforced concrete and painted steel follow the Spanish Colonial style.
The crown motif displays "Azusa" in the original style from 1923, enhanced by evening illumination.
The colorful images on Aguirre's glass mosaic panels are interpretations of local Gabrielino-Tongva pictographs as well as native basket weaving and drawing traditions. Pavement blocks of local aggregate rock are also dispersed throughout the platform area.
APU / CITRUS COLLEGE STATION: "Azusa Horticultural Paradise" (2016)
|Glazed ceramic mosaics cover|
sculptural concrete benches
Beyond the station platform, the palm tree motif continues in the embossed pavement patterns at the entrance to the parking garage and elevator, and in formed concrete rail bridge panels at the Citrus Avenue overpass.
APU / CITRUS COLLEGE STATION: 905 S. Citrus Avenue, Azusa
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