Photo: The pop-up art installation "Natural Plasticity" in Pershing Square. (Jana Cruder)
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Four teams will share their visions for a renewed Pershing Square this week. DnA talks to lead designers about their concepts for creating a great city park and asks: Can the park be lowered? Who will pay for it? And does public space need extensive programming to succeed or simply a green and pleasant space?
Eduardo Santana, Pershing Square Renew (@EduSantana213)
Michael Webb, architecture critic and author
Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces (@fred_kent)
Carol Schatz, President/CEO, Central City Association
Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY
James Corner, James Corner Field Operations (@fieldoperations)
Henri Bava, Agence TER
Gerdo Aquino, SWA (@SWAgroup)
Get information about Pershing Square Renew from its website
DnA explored why Pershing Square needs to be renewed
Eduardo Santana of Pershing Square Renew explains why they selected the four finalists
Christopher Hawthorne explores the challenges facing designers two downtown parks
Discarded plastic cups and bottles are so prevalent, they're almost invisible. Two artists are trying to make them and their impact impossible to ignore. They created two large inflatable sculptures, each about the size of a school bus. On a recent weekend, the artists — Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta — set up their sculptures in Pershing Square, a park surrounded by glittering skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles. Passersby snapped selfies in front of the bulbous shapes and approached the artists to ask questions about their intention.
What do you get if you combine Weimaraners and sleek mid-century modern furniture? A stylish dog story. William Wegman, the one-time California-based artist, has become famous for his photographs of his dogs posing on chairs, in funny hats, or wearing people's clothing. Now he has a new show at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Beverly Hills, “New and Used Furniture 1972 - 2015.” His dogs pose on Eames chairs, benches and stools as well as furniture by designer George Nakashima.
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