Station to Station

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During the month of September, a train traveled from New York City to San Francisco, making stops at nine train stations across the country. Station to Station was a nomadic public art project organized by artist Doug Aitken and was made possible by the Levi’s brand. The hubs traveled on the train for the entire month and I was able to catch up with him for the last three stops in California.

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Above is the Levi’s train car and was the first stop on my personal tour of the train. I’d been following STS via social media and Dre would share his personal stories of work and play on the road, but it wasn’t until I actually saw the physical train that I truly understood this creative adventure that he was on.

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Some of the train cars were over 100 years old and most still had all the original fixtures. I loved this fold down sink and razor blade holder. Below is a peek into one of the artist’s quarters.

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The first event I attended was in Barstow at an old drive-in. It was a very unique setting, being in the middle of nowhere, listening to music from bands like No Age, Cold Cave, Cat Power and Beck. Below are some yurts which each had a different art installation.

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After the Barstow stop, I was back in LA for the event at Union Station. Below is the Levi’s Makers yurt which was my favorite installation. There were different makers in the exposed yurt and you could walk around and see the process of each maker, whether it be handmade quilts, rugs, customized denim jackets, or watches.

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The last stop was in Oakland at an abandoned train station and the setting was perfect for the finale.

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