It’s been about five months since a saddle-shaped steel structure was selected to serve as the focus of a new public plaza at Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction. Since then, the winning designers from the firm All That is Solid and city engineers have been hammering out a final design for the $100,000 entry,which is to anchor the western-end of $1.5-million worth street improvements along Sunset Boulevard, a project that was supposed to have begun this fall. But so far city officials and the design firm have yet to release images of the redesigned saddle, and the entire street project has also been delayed.
While the designers have already come up with a modified saddle, officials want to hold off presenting the plans until the project is finalized.
“The design of the project has been reviewed and is going through some revisions,” said a spokesman for the Bureau of Street Services. “Additional details are being worked out before work begins, but the project is moving forward.”
The winning entry, which provides shade and space in its center for a grassy knoll and meeting area, would be located at the intersection of Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevard on what is now a triangular piece of asphalt next to the Silver Lake Jiffy Lube.
Meanwhile, all the additional time devoted to the design competition and other factors have delayed the street improvements – which include new bike racks, landscaping and decorative street crossings – until next year. Julie Wong, spokeswoman for Councilman Eric Garcetti, said the street improvement project is now scheduled to begin next spring.