Aerial parks are all the rage (see the High Line in New York and the High Line West development recently announced for Hollywood), but this changes the game a little: local artist Stephen Glassman and his team have a plan to convert Los Angeles billboards into "living, suspended bamboo gardens" (he calls it Urban Air). Summit Media has already agreed to "donate prominent billboards along major LA thoroughfares to provide the launch pad for the first Urban Air prototype" and help put together a team of "structural and environmental engineers, planners, media experts, billboard fabricators, bamboo growers, plumbers and outdoor advertising specialists to design and produce a full scale working prototype." Eventually they hope to turn Urban Air into a "kit" that can transform any standard billboard. The project is all ready to go and now has a Kickstarter to raise funds for the first billboard--the team hopes to have it ready "in the new year." The whole process of creating the billboard gardens is explained in a video down below.
· Urban Air [Stephen Glassman Studio]