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VAN NUYS, The New Town,2005


Project Description

Roxene Rockwell designed terrazzo paving areas and porcelain enamel steel panels for station platforms. Wheat and sugar beet fields are reminders of what was here before Van Nuys was subdivided in 1911. The chicken represents the chicken farms that existed in north Van Nuys and the floating musical notes draw attention to the fact that organs were produced for the silent movie theaters within walking distance of this station. The many twinkling lights seen from the hill above represent the Van Nuys that we know today.

Artist Statement

“As a fourth generation Angelino I have been fascinated with the continuing transformation of this city. I wanted to infuse my work at this station with the rich history of Van Nuys.”

About the Artist

Roxene Rockwell, M.A. is a mixed media artist who exhibits in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.  Roxene’s exhibitions have included solo exhibits at Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles and the Robert V. Fullerton Museum in San Bernardino.  Her group exhibitions include the Southern California landscape exhibit, “Speculative Terrain”, at the Riverside Art Museum, and Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard; and Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica. Her commission work includes the MTA Orange Line Van Nuys Transit Way Station, The Franklin Companies Los Angeles, and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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