Destination Crenshaw Renderings

Rendering of Maren Hassinger's An Object of Curiosity, Radiating Love. Interactive lighting will make the fiberglas orb respond to viewers. Images by Perkins & Will, Los Angeles

The L.A. Cultural Affairs Commission green-lighted commissions of public artworks by Charles Dickson, Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger, Artis Lane, Alison Saar, Kehinde Wiley, and Brenna Youngblood for Destination Crenshaw. The Getty Foundation is contributing $3 million towards the project, and the state of California has dedicated $6.5 million in its 2021-22 budget.

Public art in L.A. has been a mixed bag. There is nothing comparable in ambition to the Destination Crenshaw plans in L.A. beyond a few museum and university campuses. Destination Crenshaw is to ultimately have about 100 sculptures—more than UCLA's Murphy Sculpture Garden (70 pieces).

Kehinde Wiley's untitled equestrian monument will show a West African woman. This rendering uses a photo of Wiley's related sculpture, with a male figure, for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Charles Dickson's Car Culture
Sankofa Park, showing placement of works by Hassinger, Wiley, and Dickson