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Michael Amescua

Host Laura Craven pays a visit to the Pasadena studio of steel sculptor Michael Amescua. With over twenty years worth of public art commissions from all over the state of California, Amescua creates a unique blend of west coast historical imagery and natural forms in his work. His 1995 project Guardians of the Track, is a series of steel grilles and guardrails surrounding the landmark Union Station in Los Angeles and it is seen by millions of locals and tourists every year.

As Laura speaks to Amescua in his studio, you will be treated to the real sounds of an industrial LA-area neighborhood, featuring the hisses and clangs of metalworks machinery, the distant conversations of neighboring metalworkers, street sounds, and even Latin music emanating from nearby radios in the background. Amescua discusses his private commissions and his public art. For more on public artwork by Amescua and other LA-based artists and designers, please visit (18 minutes)


Listening to Los Angeles


The vibrant cultural scene in Los Angeles is bursting with creative energy. Host Laura Craven travels around metropolitan Los Angeles uncovering the mysteries and discovering thriving art scenes in all corners of the city and its environs. From the Los Angeles County Museum to a sculpture studio in Pasadena, Laura meets and interviews some of the most interesting and creative artists living and working here. The subjects on this program include muralists in Latino neighborhoods, painters in the Valley, gallerists in Santa Monica and museum curators at art museums great and small. Like the city itself, the Los Angeles art scene is a patchwork of small communities connecting to create a large and colorful tapestry. When you're Listening to Los Angeles, you never know where you will find yourself!