"Talking Benches," our 2012 public art installation, led by Pearl Hsiung and Anna Sew Hoy, is still up on display on local bus benches along Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street (between LaFayette Park and MacArthur Park).
A local blogger took notice of the benches and contacted HOLA to find out more. The result is this wonderful blog post on LA Streetsblog.org.
Click here to read more about Tanya Aguiñiga’s work at HOLA. The HOLA youth and faculty are grateful for her many contributions to HOLA and one of the installations is still up in our gallery. Tanya has been keeping busy with various with exhibitions, installations and new projects, but we look forward to working with her again in the near future.
Our final station of the day was our Tie-Dye station. We wanted everyone who participated in our final celebration to walk away with a hand dyed piece of art that they could use. All of the colors used to dye were based on the HOLA logo. Everyone was given a blank tote bag and walked through our Shibori dying techniques from HOLA teens Public Art Week 3. Some of our HOLA teens were on hand to show participants the techniques they learned. We had amazing results and everyone got really into dying!!
For our twig dome “Twigloo” station, our friends Art and Nature from HOLA Public Art Week 2 led us in decorating found twigs and assembling them into a structure. The structure was based on the shape of Levitt Pavillion and was made as an offering to MacArthur Park.
First, we decorated the twigs with paint, flowers and yarn…
Art and Nature then helped us assemble the Twigloo…
For the final piece, participants were asked to write their wishes or personal notes on tie-dye pieces of fabric…
We wanted to have an activity that kids of all ages could participate in while using our left over surveyor’s tape from our Ciclavia Weaving. We decided on making a maze that everyone could help build during the day.
Here is our Ciclavia Weave. Installed in the park for all to see and adding a colorful splash to our event to draw people over.
Our Maze started as a simple outline and children helped wrap and build density.
The final piece made a colorful pattern going up the hill for all to play in!
Based on our Visiting Artist Doron Gazit’s lessons with HOLA teens on Airchitecture, we made inflatable boats to sail on MacArthur Park’s Lake.
We used Doron’s Air Tubes to make the triangulated structures that participants decorated. We had a wild time making the structures and used up 150 Air Tubes by the middle of the day!
Air Tube decoration!
Putting the structures together!
Taking the boats out to the lake!
One of our most popular stations during the Public Art Celebration was the Printmaking Station. Using printmaking plates that you can carve with a pencil, we made low-tech blockprinting plates to make beautiful prints. Each participant was able to make a plate and multiple prints using non-toxic paints.