What’s it like high above Echo Park? This approximately 31-minute video was shot on a clear September day in 2012 from a helium balloon that rose more than 700 feet into the sky as part of a map-making workshop at Echo Park’s Machine Project (the balloon starts its ascent at about the 2-minute mark). The sounds of church bells and traffic gives way to silence and wind as the balloon rises into the sky just north of Echo Park Lake, which at that time was drained as part of a clean up project.
You might get a little queasy at moments as the balloon, which is held in place by a rope, spins and twirls with the wind but it’s worth the turbulence. There’s also a shorter version of the same video below.More Videos Now Playing on Eastsider TV