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Downtown LA's Grand Park to Be Shaded by Giant Paper Airplanes

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The wait at lunchtime food trucks this summer will be a little cooler

Earlier this month, we got a look at the three finalists' designs for the latest addition to Downtown LA's Grand Park: a shade structure that will keep the Olive Court space cool. The votes are in, and the park's new structure will look like a squad of paper airplanes, reports the Downtown News.

Located near the oft-photographed Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, the piece—officially, "Paper Airplane" by artists Elenita Torres and Dean Sherriff—will be a stream of 11 giant paper planes "made of a mesh-like material."

Olive Court is used weekly for the park's lunchtime food trucks and is complete unshaded—definitely a bummer on hot days. The functional installation should be up in June and stay up for two years.

The airplane design beat out two competitors, one that looked like a transparent gingham tablecloth and another that looked like cascading ribbons. Though the official word was that the design "capture[d] the dynamic nature of Grand Park and the spirit and personality of the multiple generations who enjoy the park," it was probably helped that, of the three, the airplanes looked like they would provide the most actual shade.

Grand Park

S. Grand Ave. & W. First St., Los Angeles, CA