Artist and Annenberg heiress Lauren Bon tonight will present her plans to build a 60-foot high water wheel that would scoop up water from the Los Angeles River across from Lincoln Heights. The water wheel, named “La Noria,” would serve as a functional piece of art that would be installed on the south side of the North Broadway Bridge near Bon’s Metabolic Studio. Water drawn and then filtered from the river would help irrigate the nearbyLos Angeles State Historic Park north of Chinatown.
Bon’s water wheel would rise in about the same area where a wooden water wheel once spun more than a century ago (it’s not exactly clear if the old wheel rose next to the L.A. River or on a nearby stream, according to a UCLA study). “Stylistically, the Water Wheel will be modeled after its predecessor from the 1860’s to evoke a sense of the history from this site,” according to a description of the project provided to the L.A. River Cooperating Committee.
A post on L.A. County Supervisor’s Zev Yaroslavsky blog said the project would cost “several million dollars” and must be reviewed by numerous agencies. But Bon, grand daughter of Water Annenberg and director of the Anneberg Foundation, remains confident the 60-foot high wheel – half of which will be underground – will be built by next year in time for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. She told the Yaroslavsky blog: “It’s gonna happen.”
The La Noria presentation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Metabolic Studio, 1745 N. Spring St.