Client: LA Metro
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Completion date: 2009
Artwork budget: $350,000
Woven optical fiber, Sound, LED Illuminators / 46′(l) x 5’-5”(w)
Installed at the entrance hall of a College of Social Justice, the pulsing light is programmed to the sounds of the Hudson River, which is punctuated by a phrase “We are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech. Physically and metaphorically, the intense blue light cascades down like a “mighty stream” provoking both historical and current perspectives on social justice.
This artwork on the station mezzanine alludes to migration and travel, a significant theme, which acknowledges the history of the immigrant community in this part of the city. An old map with images of flying birds, and a suspended spiral nest with an “egg” symbolizes “home.” The egg glows and pulsates to the rhythm of the artists’ heartbeat