The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority has produced a 5-minute video preview (below) of the artwork being produced for the new Gold Line station.
Thanks to the prodding of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce at the urging of former Chamber Executive Director Beth Costanza, and the support of the City of Arcadia, the Gold Line train station being built now on the northwest corner of the intersection of First Avenue at Santa Clara Street will incorporate more artistic elements than most stations along the 11.5 mile Gold Line Foothill Extension route scheduled to open in 2016.
The primary artistic links will be to Arcadia landmarks Santa Anita Park horse race track, the L.A. County Arboretum, and, of course, peacocks.
The art-deco horse frieze art on the facade of Santa Anita will be echoed in the benches and some of the panels below the railings at the station (along with little emblems of playing cards). The leg of the bench will be in the subtle shape of lucky number 7. The canopy roofs will feature a colorful abstract blow-up of the eye of a peacock feather in etched image glass.
The Arboretum is the inspiration for the 23-foot vertical weather vane between the two canopies of the station, which will include horses that will blow with the wind, and topped by a peacock.
Watch the following video for an interview with the artist and a teaser look at the artwork…