Last year, Jason showed us a sneak preview of the recently commissioned North Hollywood Gateway. Well, on July 9th the installation was unveiled. I’d forgotten about this and was driving along Lankershim a few days later and was taken by surprise. And then I drove around the block to get another look.
As part of our mission to revitalize the communities we work in, the CRA/LA works to include arts and culture in our redevelopment plans. The NoHo Gateway has been created to span Lankershim Boulevard and welcome visitors to the arts district. The Gateway will complement other public improvements and visually enhance the overall street character by focusing on NoHo’s unique identity as a destination where people can experience all art forms.
I have to admit I am totally loving the trend of public buildings turning their blank walls into gallery’s. It brings life to otherwise drab bureaucratic edifices. It gives artists a chance to share their view of the world with others.
LA County’s Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration is turning a portion of its 3rd floor into a gallery. The first installation takes place on 10/10 and will be open to the public for viewing at 9AM. The idea came about when Stephen Coleman asked the county if he could start up a gallery there. The answer was yes, and from there many people in the LA County offices put things in motion to make it happen.
The first exhibit will include images from Stephen’s portfolio of LA Metro and County landscapes and neighborhoods. The flier he sent me is included here and does get bigger with a click to give you an even better idea as to the variety of images of LA he has to share.
DETAILS: 9AM October 10. 2008.
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 3rd floor, 500 W Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012.
First found half-finished in the middle of February I returned about a week later to find the right panel partially done. It was well worth the month-long delay in getting back yesterday afternoon and discovering its evolution complete and beautifully colorized yesterday afternoon. Should you wish to see is magnificence for yourself (and you should), it’s on the south side of Fountain Avenue, a block and a half east of Gower (map).