Join us as we tour the new “Los Angeles Opens its Heart of Compassion” sculpture by artist Cliff Garten, which is at the heart of Koreatown’s latest development The Vermont. In addition to prominently featuring the twenty-foot, three-dimensional sculpture, which suspends from a 75’ x 45’ transparent, undulating metallic screen, the newly designed mixed-use development by Jerde Partnership and JH Snyder features 23- and 29-story towers with 464 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail space. As the newest project to emerge on the bustling Wilshire and Vermont corridor, the LEED-certified development is transit-focused with easy access to the Red and Purple Lines just across the street.


Garten, who has designed more than 50 sculptures across the US and in Canada, will be joined by JH Snyder’s art consultant Corinne Weitzman to discuss the process behind and design of the civic sculpture that suspends dramatically between the two towers. The sculpture, which embodies the image of lotus flower petals, was crafted from a hundred laser-cut aluminum abstractions and is illuminated by an ever-changing light show.


Garten chose the lotus blossom because it is a traditional symbol in Korean art and he wanted to integrate the unique history of Koreatown while also addressing the contemporary identity of the neighborhood. The sculpture, which has had a significant influence on the public plaza and street below, is, according to Garten, “one-part challenging sculpture and one-part cultural commentary.”


After the tour, we’ll head to The Normandie Club for a night cap!

Cliff Garten, Artist and Principal of Cliff Garten Studio
Cliff Garten’s site-specific sculptures are often the centerpiece of large scale civic projects and landscapes. Parallel to his public practice, Cliff also maintains an independent studio practice creating small-scale sculptures and works on paper. His artistic approach toward civic sculpture explores the expressive potential of public places, architecture and infrastructure.

Corinne W. Weitzman, Weitzman Art Advisory
Corinne Weitzman founded C. Weitzman Art Advisory in 2005. She has been working in the public art field for more than 14 years. Weitzman has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Tufts University and a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Chicago. Her academic specialty is in the history of photography, specifically documentary photography in the United States and Mexico in the 1920s and 30s.