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Here's Where to Find LA's Public Art Biennial This Summer

15 sites across the city where public art installations will be for the next month

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The first citywide public art biennial will be up across the city starting this Saturday, July 16, and lasting until August 14. Titled CURRENT:LA Water, the project is aimed at exploring Los Angeles's relationship to the "critical resource" of water in its many forms; installations will be found at water-associated sites like Echo Park and the Hansen Dam, as well as multiple sites along the LA River, says a release from the city's Department of Cultural Affairs.

See the map for locations and brief descriptions of upcoming installations (one for each City Council district). A full calendar of the many events taking place at the installation sites is here.

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1. Bowtie Project

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2780 W Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Here, artist Mel Chin's The TIE that BINDS: the MIRROR of the FUTURE reimagines the Bowtie Parcel as "a new landscape of native, drought-tolerant plants." (Council District 1.)

2. South Weddington Park

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10798 Bluffside Dr
Studio City, CA 91604

Artist Kori Newkirk's Prime features "a sculpture of horses installed in a trench" that explores cultural boundaries as they exist in public spaces. (Council District 2.)

3. Origin of the Los Angeles River

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Los Angeles River
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The installation UnderLA: The Origin of the River by Refik Andol and Peggy Weil will be a site-specific projection created using data "generated from Los Angeles aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water." The duo also has another installation of UnderLA at the First Street Bridge. (Council District 3.)

4. Sunnynook River Park

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2901 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

will be this weekend. (Council District 4.)

5. Cheviot Hills Rec Center

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2551 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Artist Edgar Arceneaux's The CENTER of the EARTH takes the form of a run-of-the-mill drinking public drinking fountain and "create[s] a different fountain of sorts." (Council District 5.)

6. Sepulveda Basin

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6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 2016 (LA Water, Water Pavilion) is a small, wood-frame structure that will host weekly events from plein air painting to tea ceremonies, and seeks to create more connections between people and the river. The first events—a tea ceremony, a Thai housewarming ceremony, and a communal cooking event—will take place this weekend. (Council District 6.)

7. Hansen Dam

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11770 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
(818) 899-6016
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Lucky Dragons's The Spreading Ground was created specifically for Hansen Dam, and aims to produce a collaboratively created piece of music via a series of workshops at the site. The aim is for the music to be performed by Lucky Dragons and participants. (Council District 7.)

8. Norman Houston Park

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4918 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Chris Kallmyer's New Weather Station involves a a 20-foot, open-air geodesic dome and a performing group called Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification. Events held at the dome throughout the biennial will explore the "intersection of weather modification and water" with historians, artists, and the public. (Council District 8.)

9. South Los Angeles Wetlands Park

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5413 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Mast, by Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor, is a giant, ship-like sculpture emerging from the park. It hints at Los Angeles's ties to colonialism while providing shade for guests to the park. (Council District 9.)

10. Westside Neighborhood Park

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2999 Clyde Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Candice Lin's A Hard White Body is sculpture that "[uses] bacteria found in kombucha as an active collaborator." It's meant to show how small entities can disrupt larger bodies/hierarchies. (Council District 10.)

11. Del Rey Lagoon

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6660 Esplanade Place
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Gala Porras-Kim's Supplement to Ballona Discovery Park’s Informative Signs creates new signage at the lagoon detailing the history of the Tongva burial ground at the lagoon and "the controversial handling" of the burial site. (Council District 11.)

12. Bee Canyon Park

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13114 Meadowlark Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

At this site, artists Lucky Dragons will have performers that take on the name Delta, which also happens to be the name of the piece installed here—Δ (Delta). Instructions will change daily for the performers, so it sounds like no two days will be the same. (Council District 12.)

13. Echo Park

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751 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 847-0929
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Teresa Margolles's La Sombra (The Shade) is created out of water that Margolles collected at over 100 sites throughout the city "in which violent incidents have taken place." The water has been turned into a memorial for the recipients of that violence. It also serves as a shady mediation and reflection spot. (Council District 13.)

14. First Street Bridge

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1070-1084 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The installation UnderLA by Refik Andol and Peggy Weil will be a site-specific projection created using data "generated from Los Angeles aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water." The first after-dark performance here is this weekend. (Council District 14.)

15. Point Fermin

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807 W Paseo del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7756
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The Ides by Michael Parker is an arch built at the park that "reflects the intersection of human engineering as seen in the Port of Los Angeles and the natural setting of Point Fermin." (Council District 15.)

1. Bowtie Project

2780 W Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Here, artist Mel Chin's The TIE that BINDS: the MIRROR of the FUTURE reimagines the Bowtie Parcel as "a new landscape of native, drought-tolerant plants." (Council District 1.)

2780 W Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2. South Weddington Park

10798 Bluffside Dr, Studio City, CA 91604

Artist Kori Newkirk's Prime features "a sculpture of horses installed in a trench" that explores cultural boundaries as they exist in public spaces. (Council District 2.)

10798 Bluffside Dr
Studio City, CA 91604

3. Origin of the Los Angeles River

Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The installation UnderLA: The Origin of the River by Refik Andol and Peggy Weil will be a site-specific projection created using data "generated from Los Angeles aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water." The duo also has another installation of UnderLA at the First Street Bridge. (Council District 3.)

Los Angeles River
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. Sunnynook River Park

2901 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

will be this weekend. (Council District 4.)

2901 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. Cheviot Hills Rec Center

2551 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Artist Edgar Arceneaux's The CENTER of the EARTH takes the form of a run-of-the-mill drinking public drinking fountain and "create[s] a different fountain of sorts." (Council District 5.)

2551 Motor Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064

6. Sepulveda Basin

6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail, Lake Balboa, CA 91406

Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 2016 (LA Water, Water Pavilion) is a small, wood-frame structure that will host weekly events from plein air painting to tea ceremonies, and seeks to create more connections between people and the river. The first events—a tea ceremony, a Thai housewarming ceremony, and a communal cooking event—will take place this weekend. (Council District 6.)

6300 Lake Balboa Hiking Trail
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

7. Hansen Dam

11770 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Lucky Dragons's The Spreading Ground was created specifically for Hansen Dam, and aims to produce a collaboratively created piece of music via a series of workshops at the site. The aim is for the music to be performed by Lucky Dragons and participants. (Council District 7.)

11770 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

8. Norman Houston Park

4918 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Chris Kallmyer's New Weather Station involves a a 20-foot, open-air geodesic dome and a performing group called Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification. Events held at the dome throughout the biennial will explore the "intersection of weather modification and water" with historians, artists, and the public. (Council District 8.)

4918 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008

9. South Los Angeles Wetlands Park

5413 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

Mast, by Josh Callaghan and Daveed Kapoor, is a giant, ship-like sculpture emerging from the park. It hints at Los Angeles's ties to colonialism while providing shade for guests to the park. (Council District 9.)

5413 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

10. Westside Neighborhood Park

2999 Clyde Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Candice Lin's A Hard White Body is sculpture that "[uses] bacteria found in kombucha as an active collaborator." It's meant to show how small entities can disrupt larger bodies/hierarchies. (Council District 10.)

2999 Clyde Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016

11. Del Rey Lagoon

6660 Esplanade Place, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Gala Porras-Kim's Supplement to Ballona Discovery Park’s Informative Signs creates new signage at the lagoon detailing the history of the Tongva burial ground at the lagoon and "the controversial handling" of the burial site. (Council District 11.)

6660 Esplanade Place
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

12. Bee Canyon Park

13114 Meadowlark Ave, Granada Hills, CA 91344

At this site, artists Lucky Dragons will have performers that take on the name Delta, which also happens to be the name of the piece installed here—Δ (Delta). Instructions will change daily for the performers, so it sounds like no two days will be the same. (Council District 12.)

13114 Meadowlark Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

13. Echo Park

751 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Teresa Margolles's La Sombra (The Shade) is created out of water that Margolles collected at over 100 sites throughout the city "in which violent incidents have taken place." The water has been turned into a memorial for the recipients of that violence. It also serves as a shady mediation and reflection spot. (Council District 13.)

751 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

14. First Street Bridge

1070-1084 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The installation UnderLA by Refik Andol and Peggy Weil will be a site-specific projection created using data "generated from Los Angeles aquifers—a layer of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water." The first after-dark performance here is this weekend. (Council District 14.)

1070-1084 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Point Fermin

807 W Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

The Ides by Michael Parker is an arch built at the park that "reflects the intersection of human engineering as seen in the Port of Los Angeles and the natural setting of Point Fermin." (Council District 15.)

807 W Paseo del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731