Civic Center (Grand Park) is one of the five original LA Red Line stations and opened on January 30, 1993. The station has a single island platform with a double-height ceiling and simple concrete central columns. The roof is white with green accents. Just suspended from the roof above the vaulted portion over the middle of the platform are six human figures these are Dreamed I could Fly by Johnathan Borofsky. On the platform are unique marble benches that look a bit like abstract sofas and are Civic Center Benches, 2004 by Peter Reiquam.
At each end of the station are separate mezzanine areas. These each have two combined/staircases but only the eastern (inbound) end has an elevator. At the very eastern end are turnstiles that lead to a short passageway to two escalators with a staircase in between up to the surface. There is also the street elevator that has a simple, round concrete upper landing. At the surface in a simple landing that has been retrofitted recently with a simple circular roof to protect the escalators. The entrance is along the east side of Hill Street mid-block along Grant Park.
The western mezzanine area has been decorated with a number of mosaics of people that are PEOPLE PORTRAITS: in CREATIVITY; PERFORMING; SPORTS and FASHION, 2010 by Faith Riggold. Turnstiles that lead to a very short passageway and a combined two escalators and a staircase up to the SW corner of 1st and Hill Streets. A flat circluar roof has been retrofitted and now covers the entrance. The entrance is in a hilly area in a bit of a plaza. Parts of the walls of the entrance plaza have In the Living Rock, 2004 by Samm Kunce. This is basically a mini-version of Under Byrant Park, 2002 that is installed in the transfer passageway that connects the 42 Street/6 Aveune and 5 Avenue Stations on the New York City Subway.
Photos 1-9 taken on 19 March, 2010, 10-31: 19 January, 2014