APU/Citrus College Station
Azusa Horticultural Paradise by Lynn Goodpasture
Station artist Lynn Goodpasture was inspired by “the land that surrounds the station, and the transformation of this land by innovative people who owned it, worked it, and loved it.” After thorough research she chose to celebrate the area’s horticultural history with her artwork Azusa Horticultural Paradise, by creating a glass canopy and four mosaic-tiled benches with imagery that recalls the towering California Fan Palms (Washingtonia filifera) along nearby Palm Drive, the legacy of early California growers, and the botanical contributions of former land-owner — The Monrovia Nursery.
Four custom mosaic benches are located on the platform and feature distinctive plants that are historically linked to the site. The honeybee and orange motif pays homage to Henry Dalton. In 1867, Dalton imported orange trees and the first Italian honeybees to the United States, launching local citrus growing and supplying honey throughout the country. By 1880, Jonathan Sayre Slauson acquired the property and established the Azusa Foothill Citrus Company, which earned international awards and worldwide recognition for its superior fruit.
Slauson’s daughters each inherited a portion of the Azusa Foothill Citrus Company land. Kate Slauson Vosberg named her ranch, Rancho del Alisal (Ranch of the Sycamore) for the indigenous trees, while Louise Slauson Macneil called her home Rancho los Cacomites (Ranch of the Hyacinth) for the once prolific wild flowers. For the station’s main imagery, Goodpasture rendered in mosaic these two symbols, the Sycamore and Hyacinth, along with Rosedale’s Beauty, a popular camellia propagated in the 1950’s by Monrovia Nursery.
Goodpasture also depicts a fan palm frond in mosaic on the sides of the benches and in the glass panels for the canopy covering the ticket vending machine area. The use of the palm motif in various ways connects the station’s primary design elements, as do the paving stones surrounding each bench. Goodpasture’s use of these familiar images and materials is intended to create a welcoming environment that feels like home.
“I was deeply inspired by the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains that sit so close to the station. The fertile foothills that surround the station were home to a wide variety of indigenous plants and innovative horticulture developed by key landowners starting in the mid-1800s. During this period the City of Azusa took root itself and grew. I chose to honor this rich history of Azusa with artistic interpretations of the flora and fauna from this bountiful landscape.”
About the Artist
Lynn Goodpasture of Goodpasture Art & Design specializes in large-scale art for public, private, and commercial environments. Her commissions are often developed in collaboration with architects, fabricators, and installers, which allows for maximum integration of her artwork into the architecture. The mosaics for the APU/Citrus College Station were developed in close collaboration with Mosaika, the mosaic fabricator, with the goal of translating the painterly quality of the original artworks into smalti glass tiles. Similarly Goodpasture worked closely with the Peters Studio to translate the original art for the glass canopy (rendered in small-scale models) into the 28-foot hand-painted glass canopy. Recent projects include an interior glass wall for the Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, North Carolina; an interactive tile and stone labyrinth for the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles, California; and a large-scale gate for the children’s garden in the Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill. Goodpasture attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In 2013 and 2015, she was a presenter at the Public Art Network’s annual conference at Americans for the Arts, addressing “Ethics in Public Art: Best Practices,” and “Professional Standards in the Public Art Field.”