Wilshire / Vermont Metro Station
Wilshire/Vermont is a heavy-rail subway station in the Los Angeles Metro system. Located at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, it is served by the Red Line and the Purple Line.
The station is designed with two platform levels: eastbound Purple and Red Line trains (to Union Station) use the upper level, and westbound Purple (to Wilshire/Western) and Red (to North Hollywood) trains use the lower level.
There are a dozen rack spaces for bicycles, but no parking for cars.
Above the station is the Wilshire Vermont mixed-use transit village development, a $136-million apartment and retail complex designed by the firm Arquitectonica on land owned by the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The development opened in 2007 and includes apartments and retail.
The art on the exterior walls of the complex is April Greiman’s “Big Bowl of Rice” (2005), also known as “Big Bowl of Rice Finished, Waiting for Giant Soy Sauce Packet.” It is a video still translated into oil paint.
Inside the station, the pillars on the subway platforms showcase the work of artist Bob Zoell. The appearance and arrangement of typographic design symbols were abstracted to create the ceramic tile murals. The artwork covers four columns at station platforms: two on the upper level and two in the lower.
A few years back, there was a modest weekly Farmers Market at the Wilshire / Vermont subway plaza. As of 2019, the nearest farmers market is in Larchmont Village, then Hollywood.
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