Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station

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Migrant by artist Luke Elton Smith
On view through November 17, 2017

Reception with the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association
Saturday, November 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
1020 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale CA 91205

Migrant consists of approximately 3700 scale human figures, suspended in a cloud-like grid. This piece was originally conceived in early 2016, as a response to the European Migrant Crisis, and is a visual representation of those who died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean during 2015. The media's portrayal of these people is typically a series of quantities or numbers, to understand the amount of lives lost. This installation seeks to create a volumetric representation of how many lives are approximated to have been lost in the pursuit of a better life.

The installation becomes more relevant in 2017 as more and more countries around the world engage in their own Migrant related issues. Be sure to visit Migrant in the evening when the piece is lit, and see the scale figures glow.


Luke Elton Smith is an installation artist and architect residing in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the creation of spacial effects to create multiple readings on a variety of scales. He studied Architecture at Princeton University and is a registered Architect in the state of California.


The Adams Square Mini Park project was completed by the City of Glendale in an effort to create a green space in the center of the business district for the densely populated Adams Hill neighborhood and to incorporate the historic 1936 Streamline Moderne Gas Station.  The gas station is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources.


The Gas Station is located at the Adams Square Mini Park, 1020 East Palmer Avenue, Glendale CA 91205. The Gas Station is 12’x12’x12' cube, with acrylic windows. There are two doors, two electrical outlets and a timer. Items can be hung from the ceiling.

See past installations here.

Art installations at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station are sponsored by the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission and the Community Services & Parks Department. For more information call Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager, Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2042.