Look up! It’s a bird; it’s a plane… well, if you’re visiting Olive Court in Grand Park, you’ll find 11 planes soaring above, to be exact. The “Paper Airplanes” installation—which is designed to shield parkgoers from the sun while complementing the neighborhood’s iconic landscape—was recently named as the winning selection from The Music Center’s competition to bring functional public art downtown. “Playing with the scale of something that was normally small and making it big was interesting to us,” explains artist Dean Sherriff, who, along with co-creator and artist Elenita Torres, drew inspiration from Robert Therrien’s “Under The Table” at The Broad for the larger-than-life structure. With the entire piece measuring 15 feet long, 10 feet wide and 15 feet high, each of the 11 portable planes was constructed from translucent fabric and aerospace-grade aluminum, and can be relocated anywhere in the park. While there’s a nod to the 88 incorporated cities that make up L.A. County—each plane has eight folds—nostalgia is what gives the piece its wings. “We wanted to create something that people can relate to emotionally,” says Torres. “Everyone has a memory of a paper airplane.” 200 N. Grand Ave., L.A.
The number of visitors—plus some—The Broad has attracted since opening its doors on Sept. 20, 2015, making it one of the Top 80 art museums visited worldwide, and on the list of Top 15 in the United States. The brainchild of founder Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, the museum’s 2,000-work collection of postwar and contemporary art was made possible by the philanthropic pair’s $140 million gift. “The public’s embrace of this institution in our first year has been immensely gratifying,” says Founding Director Joanne Heyler. Additionally, its striking architectural design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler has helped to transform downtown’s changing landscape, both visually and culturally. “It’s an incredible museum that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the heart of our city, and has strengthened L.A.’s place as a world capital of contemporary art,” says Mayor Eric Garcetti. Following an exciting first year of programming, including a striking retrospective of Cindy Sherman’s photographs, visitors can look forward to a seven-decade survey of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work in fall 2017. 221 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.232.6200
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