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NEW BLUE LINE ART LANDMARK INSTALLED OVERNIGHT

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Blue Line passengers this weekend will find that a new landmark has appeared at the downtown Los Angeles Pico station. Two 22-foot canopies that cast light and shadow patterns of cut-out images -- including comets, the solar system, a sea turtle and the "super-continent of "Gondwanaland" -- have been installed.
 The canopies, entitled "Time and Presence," are the work of artist Robin Brailsford, who was commissioned by the MTA's public art program to create a piece for the station. The functional art work also provides shade on the platform's open north end.
 The 1 1/2-ton canopies were lifted into position and welded in place in a carefully choreographed operation Friday night in order to avoid interruption of Metro Blue Line service.
 Said Brailsford, "The images are meant to create an island of repose on the busy station platform. They may also prompt us to think about our place in time and space, and the disparity between human scale and the vastness of the universe."
 The cut-out images were drawn by Brailsford in her studio, then projected onto quarter-inch steel plates and sculpted with plasma- cutting equipment developed for the aerospace industry. Gondwanaland, the super-continent, existed in the geologic period millions of years ago when all the earth's continents were touching each other.
 Brailsford spent two days last week greeting passengers at the Pico station to explain her upcoming work.
 The ART program of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is funded from one-half of 1 percent of the Metro construction costs. Established in 1989, it is one of the largest and most innovative public art programs in the nation. "The inclusion of art in the design of public spaces creates a more inviting environment for passengers," said Jon Moynes, Art project manager. "The unique landmarks created by the art program contribute to a sense of community pride."
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 /CONTACT: Jon Moynes or Roberta Tinajero of MTA Art Program, 213-244-6570, 213-244-6565, or (weekend) 213-812-2752/


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