ECHO PARK — We got several emails over the weekend asking what that “arch” or “structure” is rising next to Echo Park Lake. “Seems like it went up really quickly, is it permanent?” asked one reader. Turns out this mystery structure is a temporary art project that is part of CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial. Now, the other question being asked is when the artwork will be completed.
The structure is part of La Sombra (The Shade) by Mexican conceptual artist Teresa Margolles. La Sombra, according to biennial website, uses “water to mark 100 murder sites in LA…. Teresa Margolles used the water from that process to erect a single memorial to these victims of violence, and offer a place of respite at Echo Park Lake, where visitors can rest, meditate, and reflect under La Sombra.”
The temporary memorial was supposed to have been completed by today for a nearly month-long stay in northeast corner of the park. But this weekend La Sombra remained surrounded by construction fencing and scaffolding.
The Eastsider has contacted officials with the biennial and Recreation Parks to get an update on the memorial. A Rec & Parks spokeswoman said the piece is temporary but was checking on the status of the project.