By LUCY GUANUNA
BOYLE HEIGHTS –– The members of a Boyle Heights art and architecture collective left their 9-to-5 jobs to create public artworks and installations, one of which is now floating in an Arizona canal.
The members of Aphidoidea – Jesus Eduardo Magaña, Paulina Bouyer-Magaña, Jackie Muñoz, and Andrew Hernandez – have been making art together since 2009. They got to know each other in architecture school at Cal Poly Pomona, but didn’t meet again until they ran into each other in Downtown L.A.
“We came together for a project, an art installation, and we realized we really liked it,” said Jesus Eduardo Magaña, cofounder of Aphidoidea. “We had become stagnant in our jobs and this was a creative outlet.”
From Downtown, the group moved to Boyle Heights in 2012 into a roomier live-work space on First Street. Magana said they enjoy the bustling arts community of Boyle Heights where he says they have been well received. Their work has been featured at Burning Man, where they created an alien crash site, a light sculpture at the Coachella Music and Art Festival and a metallic sculpture for Denver area rail station.
Their most recent light sculpture, called Spiraling Droplets, replicate two splashes of water that mimics the still-motion frames of a water drop. The splashes are composed of 30, illuminated droplets that have been placed along 600-feet of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Spiraling Droplets, which was built as part of the Scottsdale Canal Convergence, an annual art festival, will remain in the canal through the end of April.
Aphidoidea has yet to show its work in Boyle Heights. But Magana said an outdoor installation for Downtown is currently in the works for 2017.
Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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