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Monday, September 26, 2016

Echo Park art project is made for shade

Photo by Scott Mayoral/Courtesy Materials & Applications

Last May The Eastsider reported on the upcoming installation of a “literary canopy” to shade the sun baked concrete slab behind the 826LA reading and tutoring center.  The art project conceived by Materials & Applications in Silver Lake in partnership with designer  Kate Moxham,  consists of triangular panels that have been cut and perforated with words and phrases, some of them submitted by 826LA students. The panels made from Tyvek, a water-resistent material used in everything from home construction to envelopes, sway in the breeze and make the back patio a much more enjoyable place to use for studying, reading or hanging out.  In a story that appeared this week  in the L.A. at Home blog, an 826LA staff member said the canopy, called “Superscript,” has been well received:

“It’s beautiful and the kids love it,” 826 programs coordinator Marisa Gedney said. “It adds a lot of character. It was just too bright before.”

Superscript, according to a Materials  & Applications press release, has been compared to everything from a flock of birds to a wave or a “a book that has flown apart.”



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  1. What a beautiful project – I bet the shadow patterns are amazing. Congratulations to the whole team for a fantastic addition to the space.

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