New lights and artwork to shine on Temple Street

hi-fi street light design winner

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN —  A project to improve pedestrian safety and beautify a stretch of Temple Street will get an artistic touch. Artist Roel Punzalan has won a design competition to include a decorative element to some of the 54 pedestrian lights that will be installed at bus stops on Temple between Glendale Boulevard and Hoover Street.

Punzalan came up with three symbols — representing  harmony,  humanity, and mobility — that will be attached to 27 of the lights, according Council District 13, which helped organize the competition.  The competition included a $1,000 prize for the winning artist.

“This piece draws on the beauty and values that are central to L.A.’s Filipino community,” said Punzalan said in a statement. “I love that it will be featured along HiFi’s much needed bus stops and lighting providing function, beauty, and safety to our historic neighborhood.”

The artwork is scheduled to be installed by October, when a public dedication is planned.

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  1. Typical tacky public art. Ugh.

  2. WOW how does the city have money to install some art on street lights yet not money to put up a light on the cross street of patton st theres been so many accidents on that street #rudyforpresident

  3. Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier

    Beautifully conceived and rendered. The eye of an architect. They will light up Temple Street in more ways than one. Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier

  4. I think the design is fantastic, but in terms of reporting I’m interested in the funding source.

  5. Thank you City of Los Angeles for improving the safety and comfort of bus riders with enhanced pedestrian lighting while beautifying Temple Street with public art. Now when I wait for my Metro Bus Line 10, while single-occupancy vehicles barrel down Temple Street, whizzing by pedestrians, as they cut through the neighborhood from somewhere west of Vermont Avenue to downtown LA, I’ll enjoy the aesthetic and utilitarian benefits of unique lights poles around my bus stop in HiFi.

  6. Anything they can do to make Temple Street look slightly less like a third world country is good in my book.

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