As public transportation continues to expand in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is also expanding the amount of original artwork that it displays at stations as part of the organization’s Metro Art program.
The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project—which will connect the Crenshaw District, Hyde Park, Inglewood, and Westchester—has announced that faculty member Jaime Scholnick will be among the artists included in its stations when it opens next year.
Scholnick’s work, which was chosen by a community-based selection panel, will appear on the platform level of the Expo/Crenshaw Station. The mixed media project is made up of 70 panels and began with photographs taken from the area, beginning at Martin Luther King Blvd and the 110 Freeway, to Leimert Park. Scholnick spent many hours photographing the neighborhood around the station and talking to residents about their visions for the artwork as part of her process. The artwork designs incorporates scenes photographed by fifteen youth participants, who contributed perspectives on their community.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen for this commission,” Scholnick said. “I am in the company of such accomplished artists. It will be a part of Los Angeles for my lifetime and is certainly the most significant piece of my career. I am looking forward to seeing it completed and installed.”