New lights and artwork to shine on Temple Street

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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