Roundabout artwork will reflect the faces of Cypress Park


Under Wraps: Sculptures will depict the faces of neighborhood residents

CYPRESS PARK — Drivers circling the still-under-construction roundabout near the Home Depot have noticed the arrival of giant crates and egg-shaped forms rising from the center of the dirt-filled traffic circle. What’s going on? Prepare yourself for the city’s newest  public artwork.

The Riverside Roundabout artwork will consist of nine stone sculptures, ranging from 8- to 12-feet in height,  said a posting on the website of Greenmeme, the Cypress Park-based art studio of Freyja Bardell and Brian Howe.  A large opening on the side of the egg-shaped pieces will reveal the face of a person selected at random from the community. 3D scans of the faces were used to cut the stone.

The 100-foot-wide roundabout, located near the north end of the new Riverside-Figueroa bridge, will be landscaped with plants found in the Los Angeles River and store stormwater runoff in an underground, 25,000 gallon cistern.

Though the artwork has recently begun to emerge in public view, the sculptures of the Riverside Roundabout have been in the works for eight years.  The L.A. Weekly says that the Riverside Roundabout is Bardell and Howe’s “most anticipated” project in Los Angeles. “The stone for the sculptures is being quarried just outside of Yosemite, and the sculptures will serve as both gateway guardians to the community and a time-stamp of the neighborhood’s demographics,” said the Weekly.

The roundabout itself is one of several projects intended to improve an isolated area cut off from the rest of Cypress Park by the 5 Freeway and from Lincoln Heights by the Arroyo Seco Freeway and river channel. The roundabout will be next to a plaza with a computer-controlled fountain and near parkland that is planned for the area around the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles River.

No word yet on when the artwork will be completed.



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  1. The work was inspired by these characters in history:

  2. Lincoln Heights Resident

    Do you know when its supposed to be completed? I had been told it was supposed to be March 2016

  3. well, i hope they get it done soon.

    yesterday it was well-nigh impossible to get over the bridge with the traffic stoppages AND the 5/110 interchanged closed as well.

  4. it's bob we-had-a-baby-it's-a-boy

    Whatever is is, I can’t wait to spray paint some illegible nonsense on it because I like ruining things for everybody.

  5. They will need to regularly monitor and cleanup graffiti, the locals will trash this place if given the chance

    • Exactly, 75% of the new bridge is already tagged up and it’s not even finished. I’m sure it’ll take less than a week before some idiot tags the artwork.

    • What does that mean, the “locals”? I have lived in this area for more than 40 years and consider myself a “local”. I have never trashed or destroyed anything.

  6. More depressingly boring public art that looks as though it was ordered out of a catalog.

    • How do you know they’re depressingly boring if you haven’t seen them yet? Can you at least wait until they’re revealed to start your criticism, because I’m 100% sure you will find something wrong with them.

    • More pretentious hipsters whine about things they know nothing of.

  7. http://www.my5la.com/i-5-north/

    We live in Cal Trans Disctrict 7 North Los Angeles. South is Orange County. So, make sure you click on North Los Angeles.


  8. This circle intersection may turn out to be a big mistake. People do not know how to drive. It may cause accidents and even deaths depending on how it was designed. They should have left it a regular intersection like it was.

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