While visiting Langer's (of course!) for some pastrami this weekend, we walked by MacArthur Park to check out the striking The Spheres at MacArthur Park display.
MacArthur Park has always been a study in contrasts: A gritty urban landscape, where illegal activity abounds, yet a vibrant and exciting spot at the same time. "The Spheres at MacArthur Park" has added a big dose of color and depth to the historic park and lake.
The Spheres at MacArthur Park is the largest public art and civic project in the U.S. More than 10,000 children and adults throughout Los Angeles have participated in visually transforming and revitalizing MacArthur Park as part ofPortraits of Hope’s latest project.
The majority of the floating spheres were painted by 7,000 children who took part in Portraits of Hope creative therapy and civic leadership sessions in schools and hospitals. Social service and community groups also participated highlighting the projects integrated themes of public art, civic education, community engagement, creative therapy, and teamwork.
This Portraits of Hope initiative is a continuation of the program’s large-scale, national projects which have visually transformed and brightened public settings and symbols ranging from the NYC taxi fleet, blimps, planes, and buildings to LA’s coastal lifeguard towers, NASCAR race cars, and frontline fire and rescue vehicles – providing youth in hospitals, schools and the community a chance to achieve in the public arena.
Founded by brothers Ed Massey and Bernie Massey, Portraits of Hope has involved tens of thousands of children and adults and more than 1,000 schools, hospitals, and social service programs in its large-scale collaborations and initiatives. At the conclusion of the exhibition in late October, the art spheres will be donated to social service institutions throughout the U.S. including senior centers, women’s shelters, schools and hospitals to beautify their interior and exterior setting.
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