On May 20th the Expo Line Extension opened in Los Angeles finally connecting downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica pier. I was commissioned by Los Angeles Metro to create artwork for the Sepulveda station. I chartered a helicopter for two flights of the area around the station and took over 2000 photographs from which I made eight
drawings depicting the area around the station. The drawings were then fabricated into mosaics by Mosaika, an amazing art, mosaic fabricator in Montreal. You can read more about that process below. The images create a loose map in that they show the area that the viewer is facing. In addition they also map the rising and setting sun. When the viewer is on side of the station waiting to go west, they see night images, from the east side of the station.
Links to media articles about art on the Expo Line.
KPCC Click on the audio link in the upper left corner to hear details about my process.
Below is an article detailing how my drawings were fabricated into mosaic tile. This article was originally posted on Metro’s transportation blog, The Source.
Sneak peek into fabrication for artwork at future Expo/Sepulveda Station
Artist Susan Logoreci inspecting color in ceramic tile sections at artwork fabricator’s shop. Photo: Mosaika Art & Design
This post introduces the artwork of artist Susan Logoreci, which will be featured at Expo/Sepulveda Station. Logoreci’s original artwork, Right Above The Right-Of-Way, uses colored pencil drawings to express the area’s urban form and housing. The original drawings were translated into hand-cut ceramic tile pieces that were kiln fired. The eight hand-glazed, hand-cut ceramic mosaic panels will be installed in overhead structures at Expo/Sepulveda Station entries and throughout the platform, highly visible to transit customers and the general public.
Logoreci is integrally involved in the process to ensure that the ceramic tile artwork matches the color and hue of her original drawings.
High resolution scans of Logoreci’s artwork were sent to the artwork fabricator, Mosaika Art & Design, along with scaled match prints. The fabricator printed the electronic files at 100 percent scale to be used as full size layouts and in developing a full custom glaze color palette. After the color palette was reviewed and approved by the artist, Mosaika rolled out their own hand-made clay into large ceramic tiles. Custom colored glazes were then applied by hand onto the tile before firing. Once the tile was fabricated, artisans at Mosaika hand cut the tile into varied shapes and sizes to match the full size prints. Fired ceramic tile is a highly durable material often used in transit environments.
Artwork Description: Right Above The Right-Of-Way depicts aerial views of local neighborhoods in an intricate series of colored pencil drawings and captures the sensation of standing on the aerial Expo/Sepulveda Station. Drawn from photographs that were taken from a helicopter hovering above the city, the images present the built environment of the area punctuated with identifiable landmarks. Seen as a body of work, the group of eight artwork panels reveals a patchwork of growth and development that describes an ever changing civic infrastructure.
In the artist’s own words, “While waiting in the station, passengers will be able to see certain landmarks and to get a sense of where they are in a large, dense landscape. The handmade quality of my drawings reflects on the idea that our cities are places that we create and care for together.”
Enjoy photos documenting the fabrication process below:
Colored pencil drawings at artist’s studio during a studio visit by Metro Art staff.
Artisan at artwork fabricator’s shop comparing ceramic tile color to original artwork scan for execution in hand-glazed, hand-cut ceramic mosaic. Photo: Mosaika Art & Design
The two photos above show the assembly of thousands of ceramic tile pieces to match the artist’s original drawings at the fabricator’s shop. Photo: Mosaika Art & Design
Detail of artwork partially translated into ceramic tiles with high resolution scan of original drawing visible underneath. Photo: Mosaika Art & Design
Inspection of artwork panels after delivery by the fabricator to ensure that the colors of the original artwork are accurately reflected in ceramic mosaic and that the color is consistent among all of the panels.