From bus stops to rail stations, streetscapes to bus interiors, construction fences to poetry works, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.
With that in mind, Metro's Art Department was created in 1989 and over the past two decades has commissioned more than 300 artists to incorporate art into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. Artists are selected through a peer review process with community input and all works are created especially for their specific transit-related sites.
Praised for organizing “one of the most imaginative public art programs in the country," Metro has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards and is renowned for its unparalleled interdisciplinary approach to melding art and the transit experience.
Currently, one half of one percent (0.5%) of rail construction costs are allocated to the creation of original art works, while strong support has been demonstrated by municipal and corporate contributions of over $1.5 million.
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