The Art Department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, Metro), created in 1989 under
the predecessor transportation agency, Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), has worked to incorporate public
art and transportation. The opening of light and heavy rail transit in Los Angeles presented many opportunities for artists
to work with what was, at the time, planning by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and SCRTD, and what is now
the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), also known as Metro. Artwork for each station on the
Metro Rail lines correspond with the history and culture, as well as the artist's perspective of, the area surrounding the
Please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive for information on
collection access and restrictions.
0.417 linear feet
163 color and black and white photographs total. 35 of these photographs depict public artwork installed at Blue Line stations,
163 photographs depict artwork installed at Red Line stations. All photographs in this collection have a label adhered to
the backside containing information about the photo such as the name of the artwork, the artist's name, the architect's name
if applicable, and the photographer's name.
Working to incorporate public art and transportation projects since the department's creation in 1989, Metro's Art Department
was heavily involved in the design of stations along the heavy and light rail transit lines, dedicating 0.05% of rail construction
costs specifically to art.