Imagine what an Echo Park tagger could do with a nearly 10-foot high, mile long wall. Unfortunately, for taggers and street artists, most of the new wall pictured above will eventually be underwater. The giant, curving retaining wall of concrete now under construction is part of the approximately $65 million clean up and rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake. The 12-inch thick wall made with 4,000-cubic yards of concrete and reinforced with steel rebar follows the contours of the lake, and, with the exception of a few breaks near the boathouse and bridge, will completely encircle the body of water.
“The new retaining wall will replace the old one that was falling apart,” said Michelle Vargas. a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Public Works. ” The wall will stabilize the lake edge, prevent erosion, create easier maintenance of the lake, and act as a safety measure.”
Once the lake is refilled next year and paths rebuilt around the water’s edge, only the top six inches to 12 inches of the concrete wall will be visible.