Los Angeles County: Through the eyes of local artists

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently unveiled its latest poster showcasing Whittier for its Through the Eyes of Local Artists poster series.

For this poster series, Metro commissioned local artists to create original artwork to visually portray the regions that make up Los Angeles County. The posters, which can be seen on 250 Metro trains and 2,400 buses, spotlight various regions and cultural landmarks of Los Angeles, from the Watts Towers to the parkland of Griffith Park and every community in between. Since the first poster featuring the parades and festivals of Pasadena debuted in 2003, the series continues to feature the iconic symbols of each region. The goal of the series is two-fold: first, to create a pleasant and visually stimulating environment for passengers and second, to increase ridership. Metro recognizes that art creates a sense of place and seeks to use art to encourage the public to use the transit system to travel to the many diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

Through the Eyes of Local Artists has generated national recognition from Public Relations Society of America, Outstanding Achievement How Magazine, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Illustration Magazine, Transportation Marketing and Communication Association, Print Magazine Regional Design and the LA Society of Illustrators.

Five communities in the Second Supervisorial District are showcased in Through the Eyes of Local Artists. They include: Leimert Park, Watts, Exposition Park, Compton and Gardena. Now in its 10th year, the next installment of the series will feature Inglewood, Claremont, Pico Rivera, and San Fernando.