From July 16 to August 14, the City of Los Angeles will be “transformed by site-specific contemporary art and programming during CURRENT:LA Water Public Art Biennial”*. The 10th annual Frogtown Artwalk on August 13, 2016 is proud to be an official participant in the biennial.
CURRENT:LA Water will establish the first public art biennial for the city of Los Angeles. The event is sponsored in part by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, created to “….support innovative temporary public art projects that enhance the vibrancy of cities.”*
The 2016 Frogtown Artwalk will include a visit to a CURRENT:LA Water commissioned art project at the State Parks Bowtie Parcel, 2780 W. Casitas Avenue, and will shuttle visitors back and forth between this work and the rest of the artwalk stretching along the west bank of the Los Angeles River in Elysian Valley. A grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs will help to sponsor a series of temporary illuminated installations along the river path.
The installations will encourage the use of the river path as the primary circulation path throughout the event. Installations will include an illuminated sculpture by artist Cynthia Minet (http://www.cynthiaminet.com/) created out of scavenged and recycled plastics, a project by Elaine Rene-Weissman and Tim Durfee entitled “The Course of Empire, 2016” which references a series of painting produced by Thomas Cole in the 1830s depicting five stages of an imagined city where a river meets the ocean, a site-specific installation by David Howe of Light Riders (http://www.lightridersproductions.com/#lightriders), a piece by artist Jerico (instagram: jerico101) dedicated to Lewis MacAdams (founder of the Friends of the LA River) and the magic of Projected Visions (http://www.changerpg.com/projected-visions): "using projected light to radically repurpose public space”, in this case, the portion of the LA river path that passes under the 2 freeway.
*quote from DCA publicity literature on the CURRENT:LA Water Biennial