COAST TO COAST: Beyond The Streets
Urban Art is a great way to learn about a place's culture and explore a little on your own. Many artworks demand us to just stop and gaze. We've visited SoHo and West Hollywood to check out some of the ambitious public art projects that you need to see in person.
Assemblage sculpture or forrest of vintage street lights dating from the 1920s and 1930s, that is "Urban Light" created by artist Chris Burden. The 202 cast iron lamps once lit the streets of Los Angeles. Located at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Urban Light became a symbol of the city.
Where: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk
Artist Françoise Schein begins her career on the streets of Soho. Embedded into the sidewalk, the Manhattan Subway is over ninety feet long and twelve feet wide stainless steel floating map that glows at night. This art piece was installed back in the 80s and became a New York landmark. The original 156 stops of the system were combined with new maps to fit the space. Schein says that she just “couldn’t fit Brooklyn and Queens on the sidewalk.”
Where: 110 Greene Street, Soho
Janet Echelman’s monumental sculpture, “Dream Catcher", is incorporated directly into the architecture of the two buildings on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. This gently-moving transparent art installation is composed of a braided net of colored fiber. Suspended between hotel towers, the ten-story sculpture comes alive at night with an LED lighting design that creates an illuminated visual experience.
Where: 8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Forrest Myers’ The Wall
Iconic public art installation located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Houston, also known as “The Gateway to SoHo”, definitelly stands out among the surrounding buildings and billboards. This piece of minimalist art was constructed of 42 evenly spaced green girders bolted on a blue background that spans over eight stories. The Wall has a long history and is a result of street widening in early 40s.
Where 559 Broadway, SoHo