I’ve read about and seen pictures of the fabulous art in metro stations around the world in cities like Stockholm, Naples, and Moscow. But considering that I rarely take public transportation here in L.A. – we Angelenos love our cars – I had no idea that there are such great artistic offerings on display in various metro stations around my own city until I recently took a tour of the Los Angeles Union Station and the Metro Gateway Headquarters Building downtown.
In celebration of Union Station’s 75th anniversary, special tours of the station are being offered on various dates throughout the year. Led by a Metro art docent, the tour offered our group with access to various parts of Union Station that aren’t typically open to the public. During the tour, I also got to see some art on display in Metro’s corporate headquarters which is adjacent to Union Station.
I highly recommend showing up for one of the Metro's free art tours at Union Station for a look at some unique art and architecture in one of L.A.'s most iconic buildings.
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I recently did something unique -- to me, anyway -- in Los Angeles. I used public transportation to traverse the city. I grew up on LA and no one took public transport. That's because there really wasn't any. But on a recent visit I took the MetroLink light rail to Union Station -- a gorgeous art deco train station -- and then switched to the new-ish subway and took it to Thai Town for lunch. It was a very un-LA experience but one I hope becomes more and more LA as time goes on.