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Getting There

"Getting There" (Detail) by Ball-Nogues Studio "Getting There" by Ball-Nogues Studio

Project Description

Ball-Nogues Studio’s Getting There celebrates the extraordinary innovation of past, present and future transit systems in Los Angeles. Appearing as colored light cast across the north and west façades of Metro’s Maintenance of Way Building (MOW) in downtown Los Angeles, the dynamic mural changes subtly at different viewpoints and as the sun moves across the sky. From historic streetcars to contemporary trains and buses, the composition incorporates an array of intersecting vehicles culled from resources such as the Los Angeles Public Library and LA Metro Transportation Library and Archives. The pixelated imagery makes a clear reference to the visual quality of video games with over thirty thousand translucent acrylic chips that project from 83 integrated panels on the surface of the building. Tapping collective memory and imagination of public transportation in Los Angeles, the fluctuating reflections from these colored chips create an optical effect where independent vehicles seemingly illuminate and disappear.

Artist Statement

“With [Getting There], we show transit systems as an appearing and disappearing part of our history and speculate on its future.”

About the Artist

BALL-NOGUES STUDIO is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating at the intersection of architecture, art and industrial design. Led by BENJAMIN BALL (b. 1968, Waterloo, Iowa) and GASTON NOGUES (b. 1967, Buenos Aires, Argentina). The studio creates experimental built environments and installations. The artist-designers met as undergraduates at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and both worked for architect Frank Gehry. Ball also worked as a set and production designer in the film industry and Nogues worked in product design and production for 11 years. Among the studio’s numerous accolades are grants from the Durfee Foundation, the Graham Foundation and United States Artists. The team has completed numerous public art commissions nationwide. Their local commissions include permanent installations for the Los Angeles County Southwest Building and Safety Permit Office, the Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica Place as well as two apartment buildings in West Hollywood.