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Art Bridge Los Angeles

LA Project, California, USA – design by wHY architecture

11 Dec 2009

Great Wall of Los Angeles Interpretive Green Bridge – Art Bridge

Timeline: Design 2007-08
Construction 2009-10

Design: wHY architecture

Art Bridge Los Angeles

The Art Bridge, designed in association with Judith Baca of SPARC, is a product and a reflection of the Los Angeles River, which in turn is the reflection of Los Angeles history. The bridge structure will be built substantially from trash salvaged from the river itself; concrete walls cast with bottle glass, cans, Styrofoam, dirt and debris; floor and pavement made from recycled tires, tennis balls and scrap metal; bridge guardrail made from recycled parts of shopping carts scattered in the riverbed as a symbol of regeneration and sustainable design.

Photovoltaic panels on the canopy will generate electricity for lighting at night. Spanning across the LA River, the Art Bridge not only serves as a pedestrian bridge for the college and school in the community, but also as an interpretative station for viewing and understanding the significance of the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural by artist/muralist Judith Baca. The slit in the bridge floor reveals the river beneath, symbolizing the scar in the landscape manifested by the concreted river, and the division it ultimately created in the community.

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Walking across this bridge, visitors may experience the time makers, reading about the history of the city as told by the river and by the mural. The bridge will not only serve as a physical connection from the school to the community, but it will also make a connection for the visitor between the history of the river and Los Angeles, and the void in knowledge and awareness of events depicted in the Great Wall of Los Angeles.

Art Bridge Los Angeles images / information from wHY architecture


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