Transit-Oriented Music: Los Angeles repurposes light rail trees into drums

Some of the lumber from trees cleared to make way for a new light rail line in the Los Angeles metropolitan area will be turned into West African style drums, through a collaborative effort the transit agency building the rail line is carrying out with members of a local nonprofit group.

Known as the “Trees to Drums” project, the initiative involves the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and members of The World Stage, a nonprofit with an educational and performance arts gallery in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood.

To accommodate a variety of new infrastructure, such as station sites, widened streets and relocated utilities, dozens of trees were felled along the 8.5-mile corridor where construction of Metro’s new Crenshaw / LAX light rail line is taking place.

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