ICYMI, Missy Elliott dropped a new single last week. WTF (Where They From) has been viewed, at last count, over eleven million times. Missy is BACK, Y’ALL.
Meanwhile, here’s a (sort of) little known fact: The video for the single was shot in L.A.’s own Pershing Square metro station. All that dancing? All that contorting? All that potential Miley-shade-throwing? Filmed right in our own backyard. That’s because in addition to being the public transit option that an overwhelming number of Angelenos overlook, the Metro system in L.A. is also a strange and amazing labyrinth of original art.
Pershing Square was a strong choice for Missy’s video. But here are seven other stations that would look just as good onscreen.
1. Hollywood and Vine Red Line Station
The Metro station just beneath the W Hotel was designed by the late Gilbert Lujan. Its theme, “Hooray for Hollywood,” lead to the installation of film reels on a ceiling, sculptures of movie projectors, and benches designed as lowriders.
2. Crenshaw Green Line Station
This green line stop in Hawthorne has a sculpture atop the bench that looks part ’90s artwork, part 6th grade solar system model, and part ladybug shell. It’s red, and it’s metal, and it deserves to be immortalized on film.
3. North Hollywood Red Line Station
Inside the NoHo stop on the red line, a series of murals on the wall called Kaleidoscope Dreams feature bizarre, twisted images that appear as though they’ve been projected onto the walls by a giant kaleidoscope. Trippy as hell.
4. Gold Line Bridge
Designed by architect Andrew Leicester, the Gold Line Bridge isn’t a Metro station, but it’s a Metro landmark nevertheless. The bridge supports the Gold Line Extension as it crosses into the San Gabriel Valley.
5. Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station
Located in Boyle Heights, the Mariachi Plaza station features art by Alejandro de la Loza. De la Loza grew up in Boyle Heights, so creating artwork in that would represent the community—in this case, a piece called El Niño Perdido—likely came naturally to him.
6. MacArthur Park Red Line and Purple Line Station
MacArthur Park is rumored to be the next hipster neighborhood, and the Metro station might speed that up. It features a collection of mosaic murals by artist Sonia Romero installed at eye level.
7. Vermont Expo Line Station
Otherwise known as “the station that everyone talked about for approximately a week,” it has a wavy metal sculpture up top, the purpose of which no one can deduce. It could serve as the next backdrop for The Matrix. Just saying.