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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sunset Junction design finalists unveiled

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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.


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  1. None of these designs strike me as something that would have been created by someone who actually lives in that neighborhood. I’d vote for the one with the trees, just because its the one with the trees. I mean, do you really need a giant alien spider-tick crossing the street there?

  2. I’m sorry but these finalist are absolutely ridiculous. Really, a giant arrow? What is that first monstrosity even supposed to be? Good luck!

  3. ugh I think I’m going to have to show these to all my landscape architect friends so that we can point and laugh. Doesn’t anyone have any concept of scale any longer?

  4. I’m afraid most of these (giant bamboo aside) causing numerous accidents as drivers to a WTF doubletake and either rear-end or are rear-ended….
    Morgana, I love your description of the one proposal.
    (and I wonder how it would respond to some of the high winds we get here…)

  5. How about just a nice public space, benches, some greenery, maybe a fountain.
    All the art just clutters up the space.

  6. the bamboo isn’t half bad. I just wish it were a less water intensive plant.

  7. busytimmy has it right — don’t let your brain explode trying to create public space. Keep it simple — something that won’t be shunned in 10 years (or less).

    The bamboo one is on the right track, but looks like it has a lot of hidden crevices for wandering derelicts to sleep in. Maybe if you eliminate the middle planters and filled it with grass, it’d work?

  8. I really like the glowing parasols by bau10. It’s cost effective, fun, colorful and easy to maintain. On top of it they are local architects and are also living in silver lake as far as I know.
    I agree to the point we don’t need a giant spider on this tiny space but what the hack has bamboo with sunset junction in common???

  9. None of the designs do much for me. Have to also say that bamboo is a poor choice of plant — 1/that’s a rough intersection and blocking the view of drivers is a really bad idea. 2/whether running or clumping bamboo those planters will have a short life, and will take care by a good gardener — city crews tend to come in and raze plantings, have you seen median plantings on Glendale in EP, across from Arco station, leveled.

    3/blocking drivers’ view of bad intersection is horrible idea — believe I said that before. Worth saying again.

  10. Just put a giant water fountain there and call it a day.

  11. Can’t quite believe I actually like that big spidery thing in the first image (maybe because it looks like it wants to kill Jiffy Lube so I am connecting with it). Though I’m an avid gardener and LOVE plants, the bamboo thing looks more like something for Thousand Oaks….not a bad thing – it looks really pleasant but for SL (especially this lively commercial part) I hope they err on the side of wild & crazy.

  12. “The Parasols” (the one in the smaller photo) makes me so happy! I squealed with delight when I first saw it.

  13. OOOooohhhhh… that’s an arrow… ok(?)

  14. silverlakeguy20years

    Oh my god, like someone said at the beginning none of these look like they were made by someone who lives here. it totally misses the quaint feel of the corner. this is historic route 66. The playful blend of new stores occupying buildings that are 100 years old is the fun game we get to play. How to modernize within historic limits. There are no limits to level of ugly, out of place, over ambitious nonsense in those pieces of “art”. the first 1st, 2nd and 4th entries reminds me of the monster that was built on Vermont and santa monica for the subway(all of my friends and i have always wondered how something so breathtakenly ugly can get approved(design be bureaucracy?) . This art is an imported nightmare. The plastic flat umbrellas are from pink berry, and the bamboo is a hobo hideaway with a traffic accident thrown in waiting to happen. What a damn waste. I love the simple sign that looks like it’s from 80 years ago that just says “sunset junction”. Get over yourselves and get with the program.

  15. The parasols just look like a bunch of steel poles impeding walking. Like a million street signs jammed into that lot.

    I think they are all fairly bad ideas, although I’d go with the giant futuristic spider. It’s the only design that is concentrating on art, and not trying to be too many things. That space of land is too small for a park, and who the heck would want to sit there anyway? On a traffic island?

  16. All are awful !
    I like the public green space w a fountain other wise these are all a huge waste of money a fountain is great it is a classy touch and a nice focal point.

  17. I’ll be the first one to admit that I wasn’t at the vote, so I’ll take some of the blame. But it seems like the only people who voted were the people who submitted designs. How else would these hideous creations make the cut?

  18. All you commenters, where were you last night when the voting took place???

    NOW you’re passing judgement?

  19. You won’t be able to create a green oasis at this high traffic spot. It is what it is. Urban. lots of traffic. The Parasols don’t pretend to be able to change that. To me they look like fun, light-hearted and useful in protecting us from the sun. also like a mini landmark people can relate to. The Parasols are the best proposal.

  20. Bamboo is the lesser of all evils.

  21. LAEditor- I was there and did vote.

  22. silverlakeguy20years

    LAEditor i had no idea this was going on until now. Now i’m voting.

  23. Frankly, none of these really hit me as right. I think we ought to extend the competition and look for something preferable. Other than the talk of a memorial garden in the last one to remember the Black Cat riots (which I greatly respect even though I’m not gay myself), what have any of these designs got to do with this neighborhood, how do they represent it, what real pleasantry do they offer? Even the Black Cat one, while talking of the Black Cat, doesn’t really do anything in its design to reflect that, so the idea will be lost as soon as the unveiling is done.

    Some people have some good comments, but don’t seem to understand just how small a space that actually is. There’s not going to be a lot of room for people to hang out and mingle there! And no one would want to anyway, with the traffic at that intersection just a couple feet away on both sides.

    I do agree that it should not be so huge as two stories! Size can quickly make it obnoxious.

    I don’t care for numbers 2, 3 or 4 at all. I like the design of 1 — but I am so offended by their effort to gouge the public silly with their talk that even the exhorbitant price of $100,000 isn’t enough, they demand $300,000 more, that I say run them out of town and then hang them at the airport. Pigs.

    I like the fifth one, the Black Cat, insofar as it is greenery. Greenery is good, is refreshing. (Of course, I don’t see why a clump of bamboo should cost $100,000!)

    One major thing I find very surprising is that not a single one of these have the name Sunset Junction in their design! I thought this was supposed to identify the neighborhood — so where is the identification?! Were the designers so caught up in themselves that they forgot this isn’t about them? Methinks these designers were designing big memorials to themselves to match their big egos, not to the neighborhood.

    There were so many other ideas that could have been. For instance, the Sunset Junction name comes from the old Red Car stop that once was there, the Sunset Junction stop. There could have been a design showing some of the history of this place or neighborhood. The Black Cat one alludes to it, but there is nothing visual in the design that says or means that.

  24. What is this? Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory?
    These are absolutely ridiculous.

  25. Good gawd!!!

    None of these fit the vibe or aesthetic of the Junction, in my opinion.

    I actually find the one with the multicolored discs/parasols that change color the most hideous and wrong. It is absolutely garish. What is this, Universal City Walk???

    I agree with the poster above that a drinking fountain would be nice… maybe the kind that also has a lower spigot for the doggies. And some nice low water foliage.

    What a boondoggle!

  26. I think the parasol idea is perfect for the space. The colors seem to pay homage to the diverse community that makes up Silver Lake. The design is eco-friendly and works for all types of people. Imagine being at Sunset Junction Street Fair, hanging out there people watching and listening to all the great bands – all while being protected from the sun. And the design will become an iconic visual for Sunset Junction. I hope this idea wins!

  27. I really like the colored parasols design, seems like something that is super functional and pretty to look at, and I also like the Bamboo teared planters design, love that this design adds so much green to an otherwise very concrete area.

    Please keep posting up dates about this on your site, It’s nice to know the city is helping make our streets and urban environments around our community a better place to want to be.

  28. Silverlake/Echo Park Resident

    I’m with what appears to be the majority of people here. these are all bad. And i did not vote prior to it because I had no idea it was even happening then. Which leads me to believe that the word is not getting out to the residents of the area, who should probably have at least a strong say in the matter.

    These are all kinda lame for the neighborhood. We want trees and greenery. Do all a favor and start this process over with the residents properly informed. There is no need to waste money this way.

  29. It’s so funny, I was thinking that spot needed a LED-lit saddle with a large umbrella over it, surrounded by little umbrellas. And bamboo shaped into an arrow. And a place for a couple random people to sit.

  30. Public art is a notorious nightmare to kick off, not in the least because of people who pass judgement without thinking on the internet (or in city council meetings). It’s very easy to say ‘that’s ugly’ or ‘this is hideous’- far harder is to actually come up with the thing being judged in the first place.

    What about all of us being the awesome Silverlakers we are and giving some support to the creative people who took the time to think about and make these designs, instead?

  31. OUTREACH- I passed out flyers on Hyperion, Sanbor and Mananeta (sorry about spelling) South of Sunset and Sanborn North of Sunset on Tuesday this week. I was able to talk to about 25 people as I gave them flyers. IN addition, I left about 100 flyers at Micheltorena school in the parent center and front office (and there were Micheltorena families and teachers at teh voting last night). This process has been going on for about 2 or 3 years and I have flyereed for all community meetings. Now it would be nice if the out reach was more then folks like me passing out flyers, but the resources were not there for raido aids or newspaper articals. the voulnetters on the committee did all that we can do to get the word out to thecommunity. it would be nice if members of the community had the ability/ time to pay attention (yes i know it is hard to keep up on everything)

  32. There are some fine designs there but I most like the parasols for their function (good design is always functional), their liveliness and and especially their symbolism. In an area as diverse as Sunset Junction, the idea of multiple colors and levels strikes me as appropriate, inclusive and welcoming. As well, I like being able to see through the parasol ‘handles’ as opposed to the other, seemingly obstructive, designs that appear to block the area.

    Just sayin’,
    Mick – a resident in the area

  33. To doreet and the others who were there last night, of course I did not mean what I said for you and commend you for being there, as was I. I too like the round discs parasol design the best.

  34. Re the outreach: Thank you Doreet for your efforts. Still, the Neighborhood Council gets $50,000 a year to use. Instead of spending it on things the City Council should spend on, however good they are, it should use it first for office expenses — and for mailing to all addresses in the pertinent area. $50,000 should be enough for a few such mailings per year.

    I only heard of this meeting about a day in advance when I happened to look at theeastsider. I was not notified in any way by the powers that be. Any number of other people did not happen to look at theeastsider.com.

    Also, not everything requires people go to a meeting to provide input — which can be quite troublesome for any number of reasons, and certainly excludes people whose work shift is in the evening. I don’t see why something like this could not ALSO take input from people online. After all, all they have to see at the meeting are pictures anyway, which are easily posted online — they don’t need to go to the meeting to provide useful input on something like this.

  35. I agree with the comments about the monstrosities that are some of these proposals and if you do some investigating you would see that only 1 of these designs comes from silverlake locals…. the multi-colored parasols by bau10 are happy and cheery . I imagine the sunny days driving through the junction and seeing those colors off to the side would make anyone smile. And not that you need to be a local to have credibility but c’mon– street cred is what it’s all about on the east side…..

  36. It should be USABLE space! These are terrible. Even the trees are not usable space. Keep it simple. YUCK!

    Reminds me of this eyesore statue in Madison:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jengber/1608527633/

  37. I will go with parasols — they leave visibility at a rough intersetion for driving, my concern with bamboo and other designs that could block vision.

    And no, no water devices — we are in a dry Medit. environ and if there are live plantings to be made make them succs and cacti. Fountains should be a thing of the past. They are a waste water and power, need routine maintanance and are useless. Put one up and I’ll lay bets are to when it will malfunction, or drunk drives into it, or drowns in it. Happened in front of City Hall, guy fell in, died. Parasols. Pretty, pretty.

  38. The critics should be reminded that there was no compensation for the designers participating in the competition nor, as far as I know, are there any fees set aside to compensate the winning designers should the project be built. That sort of situation is going to limit the kind of person willing to participate and also will limit the amount of time that can be put into developing the ideas. This kind of competition is not the best way to get a great design.

  39. definitely the black cat garden, the others look like it would be fun to cover in graffiti and stickers.

  40. @LAEditor

    I was one of the 59 competition entrants. The City could not even be bothered to email us to let us know the finalists had been selected, let alone inform us when the voting was happening. Nor did they update their own website for the competion.

    The last entry on the site reads in part :
    “Please note that the Community Forum that was originally scheduled for May 23 will be rescheduled in June. Stay tuned for the new date. ”

    So, I’m not terribly surprised that most people had no idea what was going on, and are now a little pissed off about it. LA does a terrible job at including people in the democratic process.

    Regarding the entries: I like a couple of them quite a bit, and would like to see them realized, in an ideal world (though my mom thinks mine was WAY better). What I find irritating is that most of them seem to ignore most of the guidelines of the competition brief, which is not an unusual problem with competitions, because the invited jury often has nothing to do with the development of the brief, and doesn’t feel constrained by the issues it looks after. For instance, only two of them could be built for the advertised budget, none of have much of a sense of history, others are clearly graffiti magnets, maintenance problems or create traffice hazards by blocking views.

    Unfortunately, the upshot of a poorly managed competition and selection process is that we’ll likely get a badly watered down version of one of these that nobody -community, designer, or voting public is happy with.

  41. @ cliff smiley:

    Great post! Lots of really good points you made. Especially that “… only two of them could be built for the advertised budget, none of have much of a sense of history, others are clearly graffiti magnets, maintenance problems or create traffic hazards by blocking views.”

    What a shame all the way around. And how rude of the powers-that-be to not have communicated with and updated (all of) the designers who spent their time creating submissions. Ugh.

  42. Clearly, the parasols idea is way ahead of the pack. Contemporary, purposeful, sustainable and simple.

  43. BAMBOO ALL THE WAY. I don’t like ANY of them, but the least offensive is the bamboo. All of the others are WAY overdesigned, and SHITTY, quite frankly.

  44. OK I’m going off-menu. It should be a sculpture garden with benches for sitting/sleeping. Sculptures: coffee cup next to $5 bill, motor oil can, gay porn magazine, taco, “for lease” sign, brie, bass guitar, male figure with beard, female figure with bangs

  45. Oy vei! Are you kidding? I can’t decide which one’s worse.
    All I like is the ground part of the one with that weird gigantic spider in the wind thing. I like the open space with the seating area and plants, but please, without that “thing”!

  46. A few trees and benches, a small pond, a drinking fountain, a water bowl for dogs, and, in hommage to silverlake’s gay legacy and disdain for conformity, a jiffy-lube-pointing huge penis to provide a much needed walk-in urinal.

  47. any entry with a simple tree and benches was discounted in the first round…typical.

  48. As far as I’m concerned, good design, art, and architecture always generates controversy. If it doesn’t, then you’ve got yourself some grass, benches, and a water fountain, which has been suggested a few times here. Bravo to the city for actually selecting some adventurous solutions. Don’t we have enough bland and forgettable civic ornamentation?

  49. All the people who like the parasol idea… the design is called a ‘forest of disks’, so how are you supposed to walk through or stand under them when it’s also a forest of poles that support those disks?

  50. I was at the meeting, I’d I’d have to say that I’m completely confused as to why people like the parasol idea… As a fabricator and sculptor, there are a several things that irk me-

    1. The poles being used are standard street sign poles. This in itself is pretty ugly- take a look at a street sign- its a cheap, ugly material. At least paint those things.
    2. Its very easy to bend these poles out of shape. Have you ever seen a street sign bent over?
    3. Pigeons. There’s alot of places to crap there.. Bau10 made the argument that it would be uncomfortable for a pigeon, but having been to Europe and seeing the amount of pigeon crap on curved surfaces I’m not so sure I agree with them.
    4. Aesthetic. C’mon its pretty cheesy. Sculpturally its at its best from a top down view. From the side you’ll see a bunch of street poles. Don’t we have enough of that already at the Junction?

  51. I regret not being able to attend the meeting; there should have been more time given advising SL Stakeholders about the vote. I agree with most observers that the “top 5” designs don’t deliver the right aesthetic. I “vote” to table the idea and ask for more community input.

  52. @doreet-

    thanx for the outreach efforts but I am disappointed that you did not include the many businesses of the sunset junction in your outreach efforts. i own a business in the area you cited and i do not recall you stopping in. i/we reach so many locals i think it would have made a big difference based on the complaints of lack of outreach in these comments. this goes to the neighborhood council people too.

  53. I attended the presentation and let me say that all of the designs are really cool and creative,we just need to see the good quality renders and concepts.We are all judging a design from a lame photograph taken from a camera- phone and without understanding the concept behind some of the proposals.
    Eastsider please contact the designers and share the design concepts online so we can see how the designs really looks like and review the proposals instead of just bashing every creative idea from a lame image, like everyone else is doing.

  54. another neighborhood resident

    @silverlake, to say that good design always generates controversy is just your definition of good design. I could as easily say good design always works in harmony with its surroundings, especially in a visually cluttered city like Los Angeles. Someone else could say that good design will be appealing and pleasing to people who see it every day, or will use resources wisely and thoughtfully, or will have function as well as visual appeal or any number of other criteria for “good”.

  55. Wow! It would be hard to find five designs that fail as totally as these. What’s up? Good design is NOT that hard to come by. Look at Europe, Scandinavia, Japan etc. I guess this is just another example of how L.A. seems goes out of it’s way to lead the tacky pack.

  56. @ BQ. Mitch O’Farrell with Council District 13 said the entries would eventually be posted online. Nothing yet as far as I can tell.

  57. The size and scale of these things look way out of whack for the size of the cement island they will sit on. They are huge. That area is not very big.

    And, lets remember, it is a traffic median! It’s not like it is a pocket park where people will be hanging out there (like they portray on all those drawings) looking up in wonder and awe at this…um… “art”!

    I drove by there yesterday couldn’t help but wonder if these monstrosities will block the view when driving east on Sunset of the cool (and, unlike these, aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for the area) “Welcome To Silver Lake – Sunset Junction – Since 1928” sign.

    First that building across the street paints over the (semi-) iconic Iguana Lady mural that has been there forever with a Guiness Beer Ad + puts and ad on the other side of the building as well (both likely illegal) and now this! UGH! So much for the cool, quaint vibe of the entrance to the Junction.

    Now that the meeting has passed is there anything that we can do?

  58. Dzinegrrrl- we have two Sunset Junction business owners on the committee and another committee member who did the outreach to business. Of course, we had the flyers for less than a week and it was a holiday week at that, the business owners had to mind their stores. I wish there was more time to do more outreach, but I- and my 11 year old daughter who helped me flyer- needed to decided how to spend our limited time and being that I am a resident and local school parent, I have more in common with other parents and other residents then I have with business owners.
    The process is not over yet, in fact we have way more to do, like decided on bike racks and the street stamping, and we could use more folks with a stake in the 5 blocks the project covers to be part of the committee. Dzinegrrrl, please contact Mitch at CD13 to offer your help in the rest of the project.
    Thanks
    Doreet

  59. Hey! The photo of the “Bloomrs” one has changed!

    Did the designers send an updated rendering? This one is much, much better – not quite as tall, more balanced and looks like it has a lot of nice low and quite possibly no- water foliage intermingled throughout.

    Hmmmm. I think I like this one now… Not so intrusive and actually kind of cool. And it “blends”. Doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb with bright colors, lights, etc.
    I hope this one wins.

  60. @another neighborhood resident:
    your precisely proving my point, there is always argument and debate over public space. The idea of a universal ‘public’ is always a fiction- rather we are a community of dissenting voices with our particular views and interests. That is why publics spaces are usually anonymous and least offensive. Or, as of recent, spaces revitalized through the agreeable aesthetics of nostalgia. Hence, the cute retro signs of sunset junction, or the money poured into restoration of the mural made famous by Elliot Smith’s album cover. The controversial or disagreeble only gains favor through history and time, when meaning becomes attached to them. especially a neighborhood like silverlake with such diversity and the creative vanguard… whew! sorry for blabbing

  61. @ LAEditor
    was there did vote against all of them it seems the city is intent on wasting $$$ it smacks of a kick back deal and typical LA corruption.
    There is an investigation going on in one of the contractors that has lose ties to the mayor I am sure this is part of that debacle!

  62. I’m sorry, I’m usually not this negative, but holy CRAP. I was so excited about this project and now I’m just completely deflated. I’ll echo the question, “do any of these designers even live here?” and follow it up with an “and have they ever even driven by the space they designed this for?” Sheesh.

  63. I hope the “people’s vote” is only one component of selecting the winning design. Otherwise, it would be a popularity contest depending on the number of friends the designers bring to vote. Also, sometimes groupthink leads to the wrong outcome. We may live in Silver Lake, but that doesn’t mean that we have the best idea for what project would work well in that space in the long run. It would be better to have a qualified panel of design/community experts.

    Beyond that, as far as I can tell based on these pictures (since I wasn’t able to attend the meeting on such short notice), these designs for the most part are either just bad or not that exciting. Another idea is to just make the space a nice small park like Parkman Triangle Park without having architectural elements that are going to get tagged and that are going to age…

  64. If the process is anything like what happened in North Hollywood with its hideous gateway, you can always rely on the city govt to completely mishandle public art projects (and street meter projects for that matter), play insider favorites, crowdsource the wrong part of the process, etc. Not that any of these designs are as bad as NoHo’s; at least you can be happy about that.

  65. I can’t find one I like. It doesn’t say anything about Silverlake. If it does, it’s not even somewhat referenced. I’m sure there’s a speech about each, but I would personally, if I was in charge, get more submissions. I would rather see some true “street” art, rather than this stuff that can be put in front of corporate headquarter. Sorry designers, don’t mean to be a jerk, but it’s not hitting the mark. I know that feeling you must have after reading negative comments, but essentially dig deeper on the theory to execution and study the area, art and people better.

    This is a big moment and the start of what should spread… next up that corner across from 7-11, near “spaceland”. Let’s not go with these and start over.

  66. definitely the trippy alien one out of these.

  67. I vote for the bamboo.
    The others are nice as well but look like tagging targets to me.

  68. I was at the community meeting, and I was disappointed that none of these designs look like they belong in Silver Lake. The “giant pink octopus” supposedly references the confluence of creative forces in the neighborhood… but the scale of it makes it look like it belongs downtown among high-rises. In his presentation of the “Black Cat Garden,” Tighe talked about memorializing the Black Cat Protests, but it was all verbal – there’s no visual reference to that in his design. And none of the other designs reference Silver Lake culture or history at all – even though that was one of the specific criteria of the competition!

    How can we push for more community involvement in the final design selection? One poorly publicized meeting with 75 people or so voting for the design seems like a small token when our entire neighborhood will have to live with this forever.

  69. What was the jury thinking when it chose these designs? I can understand wanting to make a statement, but it seems like they didn’t really take into account the scale of the surrounding area, or look very hard for designs that referenced the culture/history of Silver Lake. Shouldn’t something like this be a celebration of the neighborhood, and something that makes the stores around it look better, rather than obscuring/overshadowing them?

    A tip of the hat to the All That Is Solid and bau10; they at least kept their designs to a scale that fits the place.

  70. A couple friends of mine entered this competition. They worked hard to design a space that was functional, sustainable (both in building and maintaining over time), and looked beautiful. There were elements which referenced the famous stairs of silver lake and engravings of poetry by silver lake poets. It was tasteful and still very artsy. When they didn’t make the cut I thought I was going to be blown away by even better designs, but that obviously didn’t happen.

    I’m so disappointed that THESE are the final 5. What ugly monstrosities! I would be horrified to have any of these out in the neighborhood.

  71. I vote for a gigantic bust of the five $ man with his mouth open and you can walk up inside his head and sit on a bench and look out his eyes. Sort of a meditation place or a quiet nook to smoke a doobie.

  72. Sunset Junction resident

    Wow. These are just plain offensive.

    Thanks for the sculptor who provided insight on why the “parasols” are a horrible idea. I think it looks tacky, like it was culled from a children’s museum.

    I’m really upset there was no common sense in this “voting” process. All of these are invitations to graffiti and “squatting.” Not to mention, I see a ton of potential driving hazards some of these would cause.

    My friend, an architect, entered the competition with a simple community garden design. I don’t know why something like that didn’t make the cut; the bamboo is close, but why couldn’t the committee pick a low-to-the-ground design featuring low maintenance, low water succulents with some unique-looking benches and shade?

    As a resident of the area, we need more GREEN, not more ugly concrete/Grey/statues/garish colors, etc.

    Anyone know where I can call or write to tell this “committee” that, as a local resident, these designs do NOT fit the needs of the neighborhood?

  73. These are reminiscent of a game of “what would you rather do? Make out with george bush or…..”

  74. Oh my God! These plans look MONSTROUS> As others have said, more green, natural, simple. A simple fountain. Look at the High Line in NY. The parasols and octopus sculpture are grotesque!

  75. The tragedy of Sunset Junction is the unfortunate Jiffy Lube and those ugly paint jobs at the valuable but forlorn Circus of Books. No trash cans outside of Circus make that corner pretty sad. In fact there’s no city trash cans through out Sunset Junction, are there/ Couldn’t a bit of the money go for trash cans and pick up?

  76. Patrick Tighe’s simple design looks the best to me.

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