El Aliso de Los Angeles

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: El Aliso de Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Photos provided courtesy of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

Christine Ulke’s artwork for the exterior of Division 13 in downtown Los Angeles commemorates an iconic sycamore that stood for 400 years a few blocks south of the building site. Located near the bank of the Los Angeles River, the sycamore tree was at the center of Yaanga, one of the largest settlements of the native Tongva people in the LA basin. In the late 18th century, during the Spanish founding of the nearby El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, the sycamore was mistaken for an alder and acquired the Castilian moniker “El Aliso.” “El Aliso de Los Angeles” is illuminated from within by LED lighting and the overall effect emulates an urban-scale lantern. Visible in soft grays during the day, the luminous artwork is a beacon at night and a stunning reminder of Los Angeles’s vestigial roots.

PROJECT LOCATION

Transit System
The Division 13 Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility is located at the busy downtown intersection of Los Angeles' transit hub, Union Station serving as a gateway between the downtown, Chinatown and Boyle Heights communities.
Division 13 Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility
920 N Vignes St
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency
RNL Design
Will Todd
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
500,000
$500,000 and above
Percent-for-Art
Drawing, Film, Historic Interpretation, Site integrated architectural work, Works on Paper
LED, Light, Panels, Plastic
2016
2017