Issue: Issue Winter 1999/2000
From the Editor
At least until next year when the extension to Universal City and North Hollywood is completed, Hollywood is THE destination for hundreds of thousands of riders monthly. At last Hollywood is accessible to visitors staying in downtown hotels. Now a quick train trip opens up Hollywood theatres, restaurants, clubs and attractions to tourists. The word is spreading that Hollywood is where the action is and it's easy to get to. MTA's DASH Destination Hollywood accesses Hollywood Blvd. between the station west to La Brea Ave.
And what a destination we are--the Hollywood Vine Station is a spectacular rantasy that melds classic Hollywood of yesterday's illusions with a happening and sassy Hollywood of today. Artist Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, was chosen as the artist for the Hollywood and Vine station to work with the architectural firm of Adolpho Mirales to design the station proved an excellent choice. The station is an attraction in itself and well worth the visit.
Magu's work has been shown at the L.A. County Museum of Art and can be seen at the Daniel Saxon Gallery. The whimsical title work is classic Magu and provides a glimpse into his take on the Hollywood car culture.
The overriding theme is the allure of movies that shaped our culture. The verdict on whether the locals will embrace the subway is still undetermined, but there is no doubt that it is an artist's imagination that is leading the way into the 21st century.
The cover and accompanying
photos of Metrorail's Hollywood and
Vine station are by Anthony Nelson.