By ROBERTO FONSECA
GLASSELL PARK — It’s a puzzling sight. A large chain that hangs about 50-feet across a row of headless palm tree trunks standing next to the L.A. River channel. What is this exactly? Turns out it’s public art.
An opening reception was held last November for Denim Chain on Trees, a large sculpture installed on a lonely and desolate stretch of what’s called the Bow Tie Parcel, an undeveloped ribbon of state parkland that runs between the river channel and the train tracks.
Visible from both sides of the river, Denim Chain was created by artist Julia Haft-Candell features eight large links made from foam wrapped in denim that had been dipped in resin, according to Clockshop, a nonprofit that has been hosting art events on the site. Part of the chain has now fallen apart, and it’s not clear if it’s going to be fixed.
What is Denim Chain on Trees supposed to be about? That’s not really explained on the Clockshop website.
Update: At the request of The Eastsider, artist Haft-Candell provided more information about her sculpture:
“In terms of meaning behind the piece, I was inspired by the strangeness of the truncated palm trees that were already onsite at the Bowtie Project. For many years I have made small porcelain chains, and decided to scale up the chain form and use more lightweight materials to drape over the palm trees, both as a symbol of utility and decoration. The denim also represents both utility and decoration, and I think these seemingly contradicting ideas can describe much of the varied landscape of Los Angeles. The chain can be a symbol of restraint, separation, pulling or hoisting, but paradoxically can also represent connection, joining, linking and holding.”
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