The city allocated 0.5% of subway construction costs to the creation of original art works. More than 250 artists contributed. There are works of art in all the stations of the Red Line and many other stations [metro.net], [mta.net], [usc.edu].
Photo [Eric Haas, nycsubway.org]: Hollywood/Highland station by Dworsky Associates architects and artist Sheila Klein.
Hollywood/Vine station on the Red Line features Hollywood's golden history with original theater projectors from the 1930s presented like sculptures. Film reels cover the vaulted ceiling all over.
Photo: Hollywood/Vine station from 1999 by artist Gilbert Lujan and architect Adolfo Miralles.
Subway construction aroused curiosity, not of archaeologists but palaeontologists, when a treasure trove of fossils was unearthed between Wilshire/Vermont and North Hollywood stations. The objects are not displayed in stations, though. About 2000 fossils could be preserved, dating back to up to 16.5 million years ago, including many fish species new to science, as well as bones and teeth of mammoth, mastodon, camel, bison and ground sloth as well as parts of redwood trees and other plants [6, 7, 8].