Underground at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood, California
When Jim and I traveled to Los Angeles on May 11, 2013, for National Train Day, we wanted to visit Hollywood, too.
We wanted to get there by rail.
We rode Amtrak from San Diego to Los Angeles and then hopped aboard the Los Angeles Metro Rail Red Line which took us to the Hollywood/Vine underground station. That was my first ride on Los Angeles Metro Rail.
To say that I was absolutely fascinated with the Hollywood/Vine station would be a great understatement. The whole rapid transit system — bus and rail — in Los Angeles features unique and interesting public art at its hundreds of stations.
The Hollywood/Vine station was designed by architect Gilbert Lujan to evoke the history, glamour, and excitement of the Hollywood film industry. The station features over 250 hand-painted tiles on the station walls. The tiles depict famous icons, scenes from movies, and representations of the Southern California lifestyle. As you walk through the station on a yellow brick road, stop and admire the many tiles, 24 of which are presented for you here.
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