Los Angeles Magazine features Kenturah Davis

By Neal Broverman

 

An often-unheralded aspect of a new L.A. rail line is all the public art it brings with it. Metro devotes a percentage of its construction budget to commissioning work from artists who’ll embellish each station with their vision.

 

The Crenshaw Line—which will connect the Crenshaw District, Hyde Park, Inglewood, and Westchester beginning next year—is no different. Stations are now sprouting up along the 8.5-mile line and it won’t be long before art is added above and around the platforms.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at the works coming to eight stations (a ninth stop connecting to a forthcoming LAX people mover will open after next year’s ribbon cutting), along with details on the artists and the concepts behind their work. All images courtesy of Metro.

 

Kenturah Davis, an artist often featured at Leimert Park’s Papillion Gallery, took photos of locals, then recreated the individuals’ likenesses for a piece that will decorate this bound-to-be popular station. Sometimes the emotions on the faces are easy to read; other times they’re more opaque.