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Maravilla Hearts of Token,2009


Project Description

The primary artwork features a series of aluminum almond shaped panels that echo the shape of the platform canopy.  The panels contain images from the past and present-day Boyle Heights community, and are cut out to depict images of historic transit tokens and landmarks in a style reminiscent of papel picado (cut paper) and Japanese wood block prints.

Laminated glass canopy skylights also include artist selected images of local history and iconic travel imagery. On the west end of the station landscape area, large metal sculptures forming the words “TO…”, evokes the famed Hollywood sign and creates a new landmark.

Artist Statement

“I am striving to create an exciting day environment. I was inspired by images of transportation tokens from all transit periods in Los Angeles and how this element of our collective histories carries with it personal stories of travel. I intend to use local architectural landmarks which will also bring a familiar image of travel to the station experience.”

About the Artist

JOSE LOPEZ is nationally recognized for his innovative light-based designs, creating stage and outdoor night installations using light, colors and gobo projections. He has worked with numerous art organizations such as Culture Clash, Cornerstone Theater, the East West Players, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Self Help Graphics, and the Mark Taper forum.

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