About 100 people showed up Thursday night to view and vote upon five proposals to build a $100,000 plaza and monument at Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction, with the designs ranging from a two-story high topiary shaped like an arrow to a forest of timber bamboo to a giant saddle that serves as a cradle for plants and people. Those in attendance were asked to rank the five finalists in the Envisioning Silver Lake Design Competition, which received 59 entries. There was praise for the designs but also questions about costs, safety, how birds would be shooed away and how would you trim a giant topiary of bougainvillea at the junction of Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards.
The rankings will be taken into account by city’s Public Works Department and competition judges before city officials make a final decision, said Mitch O’Farrell, projects manager for Council District 13. O’Farrell said a final decision about the plaza and monument, which would anchor the west end of a $1.5 million street improvement project, is expected to be made later this month. Click below for more details.
|Perhaps the most elaborate and expensive proposal composed of a meadow on the ground topped by a parasol composed colored fiberglass illuminated by LED lights. The architects said the meadow alone would consume most of the $100,000 budget; another $300,000 would need to be raised the parasol. Designed by B + U (Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu).|
|The “Bloomrs” saddle of woven steel would serve not only as a planter but also provide shade and space in its center for a grassy knoll and meeting area. Designed by All That is Solid (Danielle Wagner, Alex Chew, Max Kuo, Heather McGinn).|
|More parasols. Lots more.The proposal calls for a forest of multicolored discs that would change color at night and also serve (depending on their height) as tables, seats and umbrellas. Designed by bau10 LLC – Sustainable Design.|
|The giant arrow is composed of a large frame that will serve as a trainer for a bougainvillea. However, the designers at the presentations said they might have to try a different vine, perhaps creeping fig. The giant plant trainer will sit atop a base and provide shelter for a small seating area. Designed by Meter (Henry Buckingham, Marco Vinicio Monter).|
|The Black Cat Garden & Sunset Junction pays homage to Silver Lake’s Black Cat protests. A forest of timber bamboo and illuminated light poles would rise from a a surface made of recycled rubber. Designed by Patrick Tighe Architecture.|