We’re big fans of public art here at Tripping Over the World. In the past, we’ve covered a fantastic installation in Los Angeles and street art across the world, among other things. Our feeling is that great art is intellectually engaging, and often simply a pleasure to experience.
Which brings me to a new installation that just debuted in L.A. It’s called The Spheres at MacArthur Park, and it’s beautiful.
The installation is made up of about 2,500 floating balls. They’re kind of like giant beach balls, were mostly painted by kids, and are floating in the “lake” (really more of a pond) at the centrally located MacArthur Park. When I was there on Monday, volunteers were still deploying the final spheres.
The installation was produced by an organization called Portraits of Hope. One of the organizers, Bernie Massey, told the Los Angeles Times that part of the objective is to bring people back to a park that was once a destination but today is often overlooked.
“You have this lake in the middle of the city, with the downtown skyline in the distance, but a lot of people don’t come here anymore,” he said. “Our philosophy is we take iconic symbols that people don’t always think about, but that have relevance to the city, and we find ways to work with them.”
On Monday, it certainly seemed to be drawing a lot of attention. Though the park often is filled with locals, the crowds seemed slightly larger. Many people were gathered around the edge of the lake to take pictures. It wasn’t “crowded,” but it was pleasantly bustling. If you’re going to be in L.A. any time over the next four weeks, I’d recommend checking it out.
If you go: The Spheres at MacArthur Park is very much worth seeing. It’s free and open every day (because it’s in a public park). For more information visit the website here.
— Jim Dalrymple II