Social Activist, Naomi Pitcairn is commissioned by The Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks to creative 60′ x 40′ massive artworks celebrating different bands as diverse as LA’s punk rock X to roots rock The Wallflowers.
Our Editor in Chief, Jerris Madison has been asked to document the creative process. “Watching Naomi and her team created this artwork brings a smile to my heart. I’ve seen creations like this on social media and in magazines but never in person. I’m so grateful to be apart of the process in support of Naomi Pitcairn. She is one of the most dedicated artists I’ve met to date.” Throughout the process, LA locals helped to create the first art piece.
You can witness each piece every weekend over the next 6 weeks: July 15th, 22nd, 29th & August 5th, 12th & 19th, 2017 and check out the list of performers for the concert series here.
For this commission, she’s building on her grad school study of design and technology where she created code to visualize the symmetries that bring patterns to life. “I’m using a scaling technique of grid-ing off a drawing into smaller sections to make it easy to extrapolate the bigger version. But here in the Pershing Square, there are pavers in a basket weave pattern, so I just work with that existing matrix. This location gives me the opportunity to use stencils and mess with it. We have a lot of fun transforming the street under our feet into temporary art, so come to see each one before it gets power washed away.”
PERSHING SQUARE IS OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS AND IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AT 532 S. OLIVE ST. THE SQUARE IS A PUBLIC PLACES THAT ALLOWS COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND VISITORS TO SIT, TALK, MEET UP AND RELAX IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOWN. THE SQUARE IS MADE UP OF HARD-SCAPE’S AND GRASS AREAS THAT OFFER AN AREA FOR CONCERTS, GATHERINGS, POLITICAL RALLIES AND PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS. PERSHING SQUARE IS DECORATED WITH A FOUNTAINS, MONUMENTS, STATUES, A LARGE SEATING PLATFORM, TWO CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS, A CHESS AREA, A PET AREA AND AN OPEN ELEVATED MYAN–STYLE AMPHITHEATER. THE VENUE IS SURROUNDED BY HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, CAFES, BAKERIES, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES.
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PERSHING SQUARE IS ONLY OPEN FOR PASSIVE RECEREATION.
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