As part of the Public Percent for Art Program, 1% of the Sixth Street Viaduct construction budget is designated for a public art component of the project. This amounts to $1.3 million for the public art component, which will be integrated during the new Viaduct’s design and construction phases.
Local artist Glenn Kaino was selected as the public artist from a strong group of local and international candidates, Kaino works in a range of media, including sculpture, installation, video and performance. His grandparents and great-grandparents were long-time residents of Boyle Heights and he spent more than 15 years living in the Arts District.
During his interview and presentation to the Artist Selection Committee, Kaino emphasized the need to engage local communities and honor the bridge’s special significance as an iconic crossing that connects the Downtown Arts District and Boyle Heights. He also underscored the importance of the human connection to the Viaduct, presenting material where he chronicled conversations with various people on the bridge who use it on a regular basis. His project for the Viaduct will likely explore the role and potential of infrastructure as social context.
Glenn Kaino lives and works in Los Angeles. His upcoming and recent exhibitions include:
- Tank, Prospect3, New Orleans, (2014);
- 12th International Biennial de Lyon, Lyon, France (2013);
- Bring Me The Hands of Piri Reis, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2012);
- In Every Grain, U.S. Pavilion, 13th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt (2012);
- Glenn Kaino: Safe | Vanish, LA><ART, Los Angeles (2011);
- The Artists’ Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010);
- Honor Among Thieves, Performa09, in collaboration with Creative Time, New York (2010);
- Transformer: The Work of Glenn Kaino, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2008);
- Laws Were Made for Rogues, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2006);
- Bounce: Glenn Kaino and Mark Bradford, Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles (2004);
- Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004);
- California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, California (2004).
Kaino earned his BA in Studio Art in 1993 from the University of California, Irvine, and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1996. Kaino has also helped create various experimental venues to support the work of other artists. Working with collaborators Daniel Joseph Martinez, Tracey Shiffman, and Rolo Castillo, Kaino cofounded the seminal artist-run gallery Deep River in Los Angeles in 1997. Throughout its five years of existence, it was a beacon for artists and experimental practices in Los Angeles.