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BallWatch: Main Street's Orbs of Wonder

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Oh, my—what to say about the new "art project" that decorates a median near Ninth and Main on the edge of Downtown's Fashion District? The Downtown News reports that the globes—which look like styrofoam—are actually colored glass that light up at night. The balls are part of a median landscaping project funded by Metro to the tune of $400,000 (how much do new buses cost?).

A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation says the project will discourage homeless encampments, while the Fashion District's Business Improvement District claims the balls will provide much-needed lighting for the area. According to the Downtown News, what does one downtown cafe dweller have to say about the "art"?: "Hideous." If you want a closer look, check out the glass details in blogdowntown's photos.
· Public art makes an impression [Downtown News]
· Colorful Rocks Added to 9th and Main Median [Blogdowntown]