On Saturday—despite the heat or because of it—intrepid de LaB-bers ventured to the South LA Wetlands Park to experience and discuss “Mast,” an inaugural temporary public art installation for Current: LA. Working with the theme of water as part of the first-ever, citywide public art biennial sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, designers Daveed Kapoor and Josh Callaghan were inspired by the long-running drought in Southern California and created a looming Colonial-era sailing mast. The designers walked us through the installation which serves as both commentary on the lack of shade in LA, and the ongoing occupation of its water.
This is the fifth event in our series Making LA: Connect, Flourish, Thrive, Prosper. Following up on our 2014 Making LA conference, these events will look at issues in the areas of Transportation, Water, Density and Community with the goal of bringing designer- and artist-driven solutions to those issues to life. In this way, we hope to turn the original Making LA conference into a long-term call-to-action and turn in-person inspiration into four real-world solutions for the city. Making LA is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Want to sponsor an upcoming event? Learn more.