City of Dreams, River of History

Union Station (Los Angeles), East Lobby

This public art project was designed by muralist Richard Wyatt, artist May Sun, and architect Paul Diez. It was inspired by the Los Angeles River, and the city's ethnic history. The following quotation was taken from "Gateway to City of Dreams," by Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times Calendar, Sunday, October 29, 1995, p.6 and p. 88:
"On the lobby floor, Sun has inlaid bronze likenesses of trout, turtles, Sycamore leaves and other flora and fauna that once lived in or near the river. The serpentine shape of a tiled bench and a water sculpture along its top take their shapes from the river, and a mountain-like source of a waterfal at one end of the bench is partly built of river rocks....A large aquarium on the opposite side of the lobby was intended to replicate the Los Angeles River's freshwater environment....On the walls of the aquarium [May Sun] created a dialogue with Wyatt. Faces etched in the glass replicate larger painted images of Gabrielino Indian and Latino settlers as well as contemporary Los Angeles citizens, which appear in Wyatt's imposing 79-by-22-foot mural....Wyatt, in turn, has tied his work to Sun's by repeating some of her river motifs in the border of his massive painting."


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Images available courtesy of Ruth Wallach (March, 1997) and MTA.