Last weekend we installed a temporary interactive sculpture at Metro's Regional Connector 'Halfway There' Celebration in Little Tokyo. The large-scale installation had spaces for people to add their thoughts and ideas, as we asked them what they most wanted to see at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Metro station. We heard about local restaurants, local markets, affordable and senior housing, and lots of trees and green space! We designed and fabricated the activity as part of Metro's Joint Development program. A shout out to our project partner Studio One Eleven and our friends at LA Metro - thanks for the collaboration! We will be using the findings as we develop the vision for the site.
This past week, Here LA installed a temporary art piece that illustrated a year's worth of feedback from community workshops in the City of Glendale, as part of the City's Pedestrian Plan. Since 2016, the design and planning team has been speaking with people who live, work, and play in Glendale about what it's like to walk in the City. Each triangle in the community mural represents one person's answer to the question, "What would make you walk more in Glendale?"
Each color is a specific response. You can see frequency and patterns of response and read the community sentiment through color. Blue tones indicated safety-related responses - people who said they'd walk more if they felt safer walking, or if vehicles would slow down, for example. Pink indicates an accessibility-related reason (more space on the sidewalks or more destinations within walking distance) and green/yellow tones indicate aesthetics and comfort issues (better lighting, more shade, more people out walking, or better sidewalk condition).
The temporary mural will be up for a little while in its current home in the plaza in front of the Museum of Neon Art on Brand in Glendale and then will be roving around to various sites around the City.
Fun times again at the Blue Line Summer Series, this time at the Slauson Station, together with LA Metro, Trust South LA, LA Conservation Corps, Fehr & Peers, and Metro Bike Hub. The event included a great DJ, food, 2 local artists, a bike repair station, as well as HereLA's Blue Line pop-up elements. The DJ really got people dancing and the artists were live painting a cultural piece related to the event and community. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
See you this Sunday Aug 27 at the Metro Blue Line Vernon Station - North East corner of Vernon Ave and Long Beach Ave.
The Blue Line Summer Series continues on August 23rd at Slauson Station and August 27th near Vernon Station. Each pop up includes interactive elements designed by Here LA, as well as fun activities organized by local community groups. For a teaser, see the DTLB Station Pop-up. We look forward to seeing you!
Be sure to join us on August 6th for a pop-up event for the Metro Blue Line First/Last Mile Summer Series! The pop-up event will include a community "Bike to the Beach" coupled with an interactive area for feedback and ideas. Here LA will be there with a kit of Blue Line temporary street furniture, talking about the First/Last Mile. Music, food, and giveaways too!
The Bike to the Beach event is part of a series of events, happening in August and September along the Blue Line, aimed at getting feedback about what sorts of walking and biking improvements would be best for the areas surrounding the Blue Line, from Downtown Los Angeles, to Downtown Long Beach.
Can't make it to the Long Beach Event? August 3rd, 6pm - 9pm, the First/Last Mile Summer Series will be at the Parks After Dark, at Roosevelt Park, right near the Florence Blue Line Station.
See you there!
This weekend we will be popping up in Long Beach at the Live Long Beach Festival to hear from community members about bicycle planning. Come and make some music on our power-generating bicycle, eat some popcorn, and enter for a chance to win a membership to the Long Beach Bike Share.
We had a blast this past weekend at Santa Monica's first ever open-streets, CicLAvia-style event, COAST. We designed and hosted a 'Culture Wall' where people shared their personal stories and memories about 'cultural' experiences in Santa Monica. We collected hundreds of amazing personal stories, some funny, some poignant, some bizarre.
Read more, see pictures from the event and check out all of the stories we collected here!
Want to do the Culture Wall in Your Community? Give us a call!