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).

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 Endlessorchard.com.

 

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

 

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!

FOUND DOGS

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We found these two sweet dogs happily running through our sprinklers today. The are extremely friendly and are probably missed by their owner. Please help us spread the word and get these sweet doggies home! They are currently at the North Central Animal Shelter located at 3201 Lacy St. Los Angeles  CA 90031 . 

The Lupines Have Come Early This Year

Rain clouds blanket the Downtown skyline

With all the rain we have received over the past few days, it seemed like a prime opportunity to see what new plants may be gracing our park. A short hike through the park revealed one of our favorite wildflowers has already started to bloom, the Arroyo Lupine! Although the Lupines have not fully developed; it fun to imagine the sea of purple that will blanket our park come March. So if you are jonesing for some wildflowers, now you know where to start.
Rain drops on the leaves of an Arroyo Lupine

An early bud of the Arroyo Lupine flower

A cluster of Arroyo Lupines.

I Spy A Great Egret…

A Great Egret hunts gophers at the north end of L.A. State Historic Park.

Good Morning From LASHP



Dog Of The Week


Over the weekend, L.A. State Historic Park played host to New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat. The event brought many a smiling face as well as a few wagging tails. What better time then to find a Dog of the week? With that, we bring you Kaya, a 12 year old black lab who happily obliged her dancing partner during the set of the March Fourth Marching Band. She loved the park and even though everyone around her was cutting lose, she still kept her leash on.

Giant Cat…..er Giant Tomato Hornworm!


This Tomato Hornworm was hanging out behind our building, here in the park, munching on one of our tomato plants. Quite a fine looking specimen. It also enjoys snacking on other plants in the Nightshade family including eggplant, pepper, tobacco, moon flowers and potato.

Tour de Fat Coming This Weekend

We are very excited to be hosting New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat this coming Saturday. This is their 12th of thirteen stops that have taken them all over the western states, with all proceeds raised throughout the tour, going to local bicycle non-profits fostering awareness for bike everywhere.

The days events will consist of a bicycle ride starting here at the park, meandering through downtown and returning back to the park, live music from the likes of March Forth Marching Band and The Dovekins, New Belgian’s signature brews and you can even trade you car in for a brand new bike!

Although there will be alcohol at this event, it is very family friendly and best of all is FREE! To register for the bike parade, get to the park between 10:00am and 11:00am. If this bike parade is not your cup of tea then get here any time after 12:00pm and enjoy the festivities. The event will end at 5:00pm. For more information check out their website here; Tour de Fat.

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