Pomona in the subway


This image, “Pomona,” by artist Sonia Romero adorns a subway stop in downtown L.A. It’s next to an image of Hermosa Beach, so it seems the MTA may have commissioned art for various L.A. County cities.

The explainer on this one reads: “Romero pulls together a wide variety of cultural icons from the city’s history including the L.A. County Fair, Antique Row, the Arts Colony, the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum, and the goddess of Pomona herself.”

You can find the art on the Civic Center stop of the Red Line. It’s on the Hill Street side of the station, near the escalator to the surface. I discovered it a month ago but (naturally) didn’t have a camera, so I returned last week.

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  • Bob House

    I like the design and I’m glad to see Pomona getting the recognition, but I would argue — mildly — with the choices of “cultural icons from the city’s history.”

    Antique Row? the Arts Colony? the Motorsports Museum? They’re all very nice elements of modern-day Pomona, but historical icons? I’m skeptical. And I question devoting more than half the image to the Fair — even though it may be my personal favorite part of Pomona and its history. In particular, the ferris wheel seems to be just a “space filler.”

    Rather than a race horse from the Fair, how about an Arabian horse from Cal Poly’s 50-plus year program and weekly shows?

    Am I too picky? I’d like to hear what DA and other readers would have chosen as cultural or historic icons.

    [You raise good points, Bob, although the simplest solution is to drop “history” from the MTA’s wording, which likely wasn’t the artist’s choice anyway, because the word confuses our expectations. As for what we might choose as cultural or historic icons, the Arabian horse is a good idea. How about the Fox Theater tower, oranges, Trinity Methodist Church and the Donahoo’s rooster? — DA]

  • Ygnacio Palomares

    Well, Senor David…I have a couple of “historic” images to boast of. One is La Casa Primera, the other Adobe de Palomares. Oh, by the way…are my Spanish eyes deceiving me or is our lovely goddess the victim of a misplaced “nip”? We might have to consult Wendy L on this one!

    [Or Elaine Benes, eh, Ygnacio? Always nice to hear from the founder of Pomona. — DA]

  • Bob House

    Senor Palomares: I slap my forehead at overlooking the cradles of Pomona.

  • Ygnacio Palomares

    Oh, Roberto…it is okay. The “bosom” of civilization is alive and well and your insights are a blessing to our education…Vaya Con Dios!