On August 13th, in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture, we hosted an event as part of the Department of Cultural Affair’s Public Art Biennial conCURRENT: LA WATER at Art Share LA. This Biennial used art as a platform for the exchange of ideas around critical issues our city faces together. Our event ‘The Los Angeles Arts District Green Alley Project’ included a panel discussion about local water issues, ‘The Art of Drought Show’ curated by Art Share, and a self guided alley tour of five Arts District alleys activated for the day also known as ‘green alley pop ups’.
As you probably already know if you have been following our work for the past few years- we have been busy planting trees in downtown Los Angeles. What you may also have noticed in our emails, blog posts and social media are references to "Green Alleys". If this sounded intriguing to you but you were not exactly sure what we were talking about- let us explain more.
This Summer we were introduced to Danny Park and Andrew Kang- who kept showing up at community meetings- everywhere we went, there they were! Along with many other locals- we soon became fast friends and learned more about their interest in downtown, specifically in Skid Row. And once we realized Danny had a connection to Best Market at 5th and San Pedro- we recruited him to look after the (2) Pink Trumpet trees that we planted on the side of the market in 2010.
The following was written by Danny to share on this blog: