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Project Description

The artwork for Metro’s Center Project facility will be an architecturally integrated piece by Jacob Hashimoto. This site-specific installation is silkscreened onto the exterior metal panels. The artwork patterns are inspired by the cellular structure of the bristlecone pine, one of the oldest known living organisms and native to California. Also woven into the design are references to Metro’s transit network. Gradations in the panel colors and patterning mimic the movement of the sun, as it crosses the region from East to West.

Artist Statement

“The artwork will build from the central idea of connectivity and interdependence…reflecting the values, mission and future ambitions of Metro while acknowledging LA’s aspirations, social dynamics and environmental characteristics.”

JACOB HASHIMOTO (b. Greeley, Colorado, 1973) uses sculpture, painting and installation to create complex worlds from a range of modular components: bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, even astroturf-covered blocks and more. Hashimoto graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been featured internationally in multiple museum exhibitions including MOCA Pacific Design Center, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Schauwerk Sindlefingen, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Crow Museum of Asian Art and the Boise Art Museum. His exhibition history includes solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Studio la Città, Galerie Forsblom, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, and Makasiini Contemporary, among others. Hashimoto has created large-scale installations for public spaces such as Portland International Airport, Nashville International Airport and Willis Tower. 

Sketch of artwork on the western side of the building

Sketch of artwork on the western side of the building

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