Metro has announced the selected entries for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnel Boring Machine Art and Naming Contest, and is asking the public to vote on the finalists through Aug. 31.
The two machines will dig the final tunnels on the western section of the Purple Line Extension project between West Los Angeles and Century City. The first tunneling machine is currently being assembled at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital Campus at the western end of the new line. The second TBM will be assembled this fall.
Tradition calls for the tunneling machines to be named and adorned with artwork before beginning excavation. A panel of community leaders helped select the finalists, who were required to either be UCLA employees, students or alumni, or veterans and VA Administration employees. The judges included Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District; Alek Bartrosouf, mobility deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin, 11th District; Renee Fortier, executive director of UCLA Events and Transportation; Andrew Thomas, executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association; and Anthony Allman, director of outreach for Vets Advocacy.
The art contest finalists were selected by Metro’s Community Relations Team. The names and artwork were chosen based on originality and community significance.
The finalists for the TBM naming contest are “Angela,” submitted by Presley Moreno of UCLA; “Josie,” submitted by Andy Pei, of UCLA; and “Aura”, submitted by Derik De Baun, of UCLA. The artworks are titled “Iris,” submitted by Claire O’Hanlon of Veterans Affairs; “Heddy,” submitted by Lindsay Winters, of Veterans Affairs, and “Shoshana,” submitted by Sidney, of Veterans Affairs.
To view the artworks and vote, visit thesource.metro.net/2020/08/17/vote-for-tunnel-boring-machine-artwork-and-names-for-purple-d-line-extension-section-3.
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