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Joining forces to rebuild a highway bridge

Joining forces to rebuild a highway bridge

  • In addition to increasing awareness of the parklands and restoring habitat across the site, the bridge improvements symbolize a new beginning for this part of Los Angeles County.

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    In addition to increasing awareness of the parklands and restoring habitat across the site, the bridge improvements symbolize a new beginning for this part of Los Angeles County.

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    Jeremy Green

    In addition to increasing awareness of the parklands and restoring habitat across the site, the bridge improvements symbolize a new beginning for this part of Los Angeles County.
  • The bridge panels are designed to reflect the ongoing landscape transformation at the Conservancy, as the tensions of recreation and oil production, in the highly disturbed landscape are resolved and ecologies are restored.

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    The bridge panels are designed to reflect the ongoing landscape transformation at the Conservancy, as the tensions of recreation and oil production, in the highly disturbed landscape are resolved and ecologies are restored.

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    Jeremy Green

    The bridge panels are designed to reflect the ongoing landscape transformation at the Conservancy, as the tensions of recreation and oil production, in the highly disturbed landscape are resolved and ecologies are restored.
  • The art functionally renovates the bridge, accommodates pedestrian traffic over the bridge, and serves as an iconic presence for all those who pass under the bridge on La Cienega Boulevard.

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    The art functionally renovates the bridge, accommodates pedestrian traffic over the bridge, and serves as an iconic presence for all those who pass under the bridge on La Cienega Boulevard.

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    Jeremy Green

    The art functionally renovates the bridge, accommodates pedestrian traffic over the bridge, and serves as an iconic presence for all those who pass under the bridge on La Cienega Boulevard.
  • The open pattern of the panels is a conceptual mapping whose line work merges the broad landscape patterns and the image of the skin of the small Western Fence Lizard, part of its original California coastal sedge ecology.

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    The open pattern of the panels is a conceptual mapping whose line work merges the broad landscape patterns and the image of the skin of the small Western Fence Lizard, part of its original California coastal sedge ecology.

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    Jeremy Green

    The open pattern of the panels is a conceptual mapping whose line work merges the broad landscape patterns and the image of the skin of the small Western Fence Lizard, part of its original California coastal sedge ecology.
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  • The gateway will be a featured portion of the regional Park to Playa Trail that connects the eastern and western ridgelines of the Baldwin Hills and continues seven miles all the way to the Ballona Creek, wetlands and Santa Monica Bay.

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    The gateway will be a featured portion of the regional Park to Playa Trail that connects the eastern and western ridgelines of the Baldwin Hills and continues seven miles all the way to the Ballona Creek, wetlands and Santa Monica Bay.

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    Jeremy Green

    The gateway will be a featured portion of the regional Park to Playa Trail that connects the eastern and western ridgelines of the Baldwin Hills and continues seven miles all the way to the Ballona Creek, wetlands and Santa Monica Bay.
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They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village—of public and private partners—to reconcile the competing interests of commerce and conservation. A recently reopened highway bridge in an oil-rich area of Los Angeles County represents just such an effort.

Half-owned by the City of Los Angeles and half by Culver City, the 150-foot structure leads to the last undeveloped remnants of land in the highly industrialized Baldwin Hills neighborhood and, eventually, a regional trail that runs seven miles through wetlands and other natural areas down to Santa Monica Bay. Renovating it to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists as well as vehicles kicked off the 30-year One Big Park plan to reshape Southern California’s urban outdoors.

Local sculptor Cliff Garten was asked to design panels that would illustrate this renewal. His solution: Vertical structural elements representing oil rigs link ¼-inch hard-anodized aluminum sheeting etched with the skin pattern of the native western fence lizard.

The $540,000 project was commissioned by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy using state grants and administered by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, a nationally recognized model for revitalizing transit-dependent urban areas. (For more information on finding seed money for infrastructure improvements, see “Making transit-oriented development possible” and on page 32 of our January 2014 issue.)

Los Angeles County Public Works maintained the site during four years of construction. The county’s parks and recreation department maintains landscaping going forward.