Debra Scacco: Origins

Works by Debra Scacco explore the notion of place. Her LA River works explore the unique history of the river, and the role it has played in shaping modern-day Los Angeles. Each work in the Origins series holds a line drawing of a previous river course at its core. With each line emanating out from the last, the hand-engraved mirrored face of the works traces the radical difference in current a single line will make. The concrete body of the work echoes the physical structure of the channelized river itself. The two pieces on display at LASHP depict river maps from 1815 and 1825.

Debra Scacco received a BA in Studio Art from Richmond University, London, in 1998. She has exhibited extensively both in America and internationally, including solo exhibitions with Klowden Mann and Marine Contemporary in Los Angeles, and group exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (London), and Royal Academy of Arts (London). Scacco’s work has been written about and featured in the Los Angeles Times, New American Paintings, and Art in America. In 2012 she was the first Artist-in-Residence at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Museum. After residing in London for 16 years, Scacco relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. She is represented by Klowden Mann (Los Angeles).

Anna Sew Hoy: Psychic Body Grotto

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Anna Sew Hoy to create the large-scale, bronze public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto installed at the newly developed 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic Park. Drawing on the artist’s previous explorations of materiality, spirituality and the relationships we forge with everyday objects as seen in exhibitions such as Invisible Tattoo at Koenig & Clinton, 2016, and FACE NO FACE at Various Small Fires, 2015, this will be Sew Hoy’s largest and most interactive sculpture to date. Psychic Body Grotto is a room-sized bronze sculpture or “figurative gazebo” for meetings and rituals that have yet to be invented. The sculpture evokes the illusion of being organically generated from the earth, creating a locus for contemplation and relaxation amidst the buzzing cityscape of Los Angeles. Working in conjunction with the efforts of California State Parks to revitalize and create new spaces for cultural and civic dialogue, activity, leisure, and engagement, Psychic Body Grotto will function as an interactive work of public art, landscape design, and gathering spot for local residents and visitors of the park. For updated information, please visit LAND’s website,


ABOUT ANNA SEW HOY: Los Angeles-based artist Anna Sew Hoy (born 1976, Auckland, New Zealand) received her MFA from Bard College in 2008. Sew Hoy’s work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and solo presentations have been mounted at the Aspen Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; LAXART; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; the San Jose Museum of Art; and the California Biennial 2008 at the Orange County Museum of Art. Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art, and the Museum of

Contemporary Art in San Diego. She was awarded a Creative Capital Grant for Visual Art in 2015 to support her public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto. She was awarded the California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists in 2013, and the United States Artists Broad Fellowship in 2006. Most recently Sew Hoy was the subject of a solo exhibition at Koenig & Clinton Gallery, NY in Summer 2016.


Rosten Woo: A Park is by the People

A Park is by the People is a monument to the civic labor that willed the Los Angeles State Historic Park into being. It is intended to make a public record of the herculean, but often forgotten, work that goes into changing the public idea of what land could be.

Rosten Woo is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and various piers, public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York and Los Angeles. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York Based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for institutional achievement. His book, “Street Value,” about race and retail urban development, was published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio

Bending the River Back Into the City


Downtown Los Angeles

Bending the River Back into the City is a sculptural artwork that utilizes Los Angeles’ first water commons and allows the currency of water to create social capital. This long-term project will clean LA River water to potable standards, and the water will become part of a distribution network that will deliver water to individuals, organizations, and institutions. This phased project will begin to manifest in 2018 with the creation of an inflatable dam that will sit in the LA River—bending and driving a percentage of the river water through a diversion canal, and into a treatment facility. Bending the River Back into the City will eventually provide a waterwheel named LA Noria that reanimates the legacy of the waterwheels that drove water on and around the site in the 19th century.

The Liminal Camera:

In 2010, Lauren Bon, and artists Richard Nielsen and Tristan Duke formed the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio, which is devoted to reinventing photography in a post-industrial era. The Liminal Camera is a giant functioning camera made from a 20-foot shipping container, which can be seen in the courtyard of MASS MoCA from October 22nd through to November 27th. The team has traveled the country making photographs with the Liminal for the past six years. Transported by flatbed truck, barge or train, the Liminal is both a camera and a darkroom in which the Optics Division captures and develops monumental format negatives. The word “liminal” refers to a threshold and an in-between spacea fitting name for a camera where people are invited to come inside, and experience where image and place meet.


About Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio

Derived from the Greek word for change, “metabolism” is the process that maintains life. In continuous cycles of creation and destruction, metabolism transforms nutrients into energy and matter. Lauren Bon’s studio practice includes a team of individuals that work together across a range of investigative platforms, transforming resources into energy, actions and outcomes.

Ms. Bon is trained as an architect and is a practicing visual artist. Her Metabolic Studio creates “devices of wonder” that are specific to sites; investigating land and water use and positing new modalities in thinking and behavior. The Inter-Mountain West, stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada is a terrain formed by the forces of water and fire over glacial time. It is our shared watershed that is the focus of the geographic scope of the Metabolic Studio’s work.

The Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio returns photography to its simplest technology, building its own tools and sourcing its own chemistry and even mining silver to produce emulsion. The Optics Division’s handmade processing and silver mining allude to the independent maker of images and the alchemy of silver and water and dust.

Fallen Fruit: A Monument to Sharing

Interdisciplinary artist duo, FALLEN FRUIT (David Burns & Austin Young) launch the largest public artwork in the world, ENDLESS ORCHARD. The ENDLESS ORCHARD is a sustainable, edible, living artwork — fruit trees planted, cared for, and mapped by the public for everyone to share. Members of the public are invited to co-create ENDLESS ORCHARD by mapping existing public fruit trees or planting new ones in front of homes, schools, churches, or businesses. These fruit trees are planted along sidewalks and interstitial urban spaces, allowing us to explore and enjoy our cities in a new way. “The project is co-created by everyone who participates; together, we will make the largest and most generous collaborative public artwork in the world.” -Fallen Fruit.

A Monument To Sharing is an installation artwork composed of phrases culled from recorded conversations with surrounding community members that wrap around the bases of 32 orange trees in the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The oranges are for everyone to share and the phrases create a 32-line poem that becomes one voice describing what it means to be a great neighbor. Interviews were collected while planting publicly accessible fruit trees front of homes and businesses within walking distance of Los Angeles State Historic Park.

A Monument to Sharing is the trail-head for the world’s largest publicly shared edible artwork by Fallen Fruit, The Endless Orchard. Trees planted, mapped and cared and shared by everyone who participates.

Leading up to the opening, Fallen Fruit planted 150 fruit trees with the surrounding communities of William Meade housing, Solano Canyon, and Chinatown. The trees were adopted by neighbors, planted, and mapped in the front of houses for sharing – These trees along with fruit trees we have planted in other neighborhoods, cities and countries are mapped on


Fallen Fruit’s citrus trees at LASHP. It is part of the Endless Orchard


Promotoras preparing for the Grand Opening

Opening a brand new CA State Park in the middle of downtown is no easy feat. Since the acquisition of LASHP in 2001, CA State Parks and the surrounding communities have been hard at work (65 public meetings, establishing park advocacy groups…) to make the grand opening a reality for Los Angeles. As we continue to be a park for the community, we’ve established new connections with locals and strengthened our relationship with voices of our people.

Our Promotoras, a community-based park ambassadors group, are just as excited to open this park! Today, Promotoras bagged and labeled seed packets for LA to “grow with us!” Meet our park leaders at the grand opening!

Volunteer for the Grand Opening of Los Angeles River State Park on Earth Day (4-22-17)!

After years of waiting,  the new Los Angeles State Historic Park will open on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017.  We are expecting big crowds and our team is small.  Can you help?  If you’d like to volunteer – greeting visitors, setting up for the big show, handing “S’Mores Fixins’” to kids …we have many ways for you to show your support for this new Los Angeles State Park jewel!   And – every volunteer receives a very cool limited edition Grand Opening t-shirt.

Can you help at the Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park on Earth Day April 22nd?  Let us know –


Quetzal, Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks, and more…

Los Angeles we are finally ready for you!  Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park.

We are planning a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks. The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle.  Limited parking in the park. More details to follow as the date approaches.  Please help us spread the word!

Musical Performances by Grammy Award-winning QUETZAL, Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks and more…


Grand Opening, April 22, 2017

Los Angeles we are finally ready for you!

Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park.

We are planning a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks.

The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle.  Limited parking in the park.

Music Performers to be announced shortly.


More details to follow as the date approaches.  Please help us spread the word!

Community Listening Session

Join us on January 12, 2017 for our next community listening session. In preparation for the park opening we are asking what type of programming you would like to be available in the park. Join us and tell us what you think!






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