June 2019

Proposed Sixth Street PARC

Public Art Piece Unveiled

On May 21st, Council District 14, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bureau of Engineering held a community meeting in Boyle Heights to unveil the proposed public art piece for the Sixth Street PARC.

The 12-acre Sixth Street PARC will be constructed under the new Sixth Street Viaduct, connecting Boyle Heights, the Arts District and the Los Angeles River. The design and construction of the Sixth Street PARC is being led by the Bureau of Engineering, which has held numerous public meetings and focus groups about what the community wants to have in the park.

Glenn Kaino was selected in 2013 through a competitive process, led by an advisory committee made up of local artists and community members. On May 21st, Glenn unveiled his concept for the proposed public art piece, which will be placed in a location still to be determined.

The piece – a sculpture of the “LA Hands” -- will include a public participation component; the community will be invited to participate in hand-casting sessions. People will be selected via lottery to get a mold done of their hands. The artist will then select anonymous hands to create the piece. Dates for the casting sessions will be announced soon.

In the coming weeks, the Department of Cultural Affairs, which is funding and leading the development of the art piece through their Percent for Public Art Program, will take the piece before the Cultural Affairs Commission for final approval.

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The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project is a new, 3,500-foot long viaduct connecting Boyle Heights and the Arts District across the Los Angeles River. The original viaduct was built in 1932, but had significantly deteriorated due to "concrete cancer"; it was demolished in 2016. The new viaduct will have ten pairs of lit arches, bike lanes and wider sidewalks, along with stairway access and bike ramps connecting to 12 acres of recreational and open space under the bridge. The $482 million dollar project is the largest bridge project in the history of the city. The bridge is funded primarily through the Federal Highway Administration, with additional City support. 

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