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Public Green |2001-2002

Public Green/Areas Verdes Publicas is a mapping of public parks and social capital in Los Angeles. 200 billingual posters circulated throughout the city in transit shelter kiosks, and also as "car cards" inside city buses. Public Green was inserted into existing urban infrastructure, repurposing advertising space for public space advocacy. The map locates public parks and frames an understanding of historic and current practices of acquisition, creation and maintenance of public green space in regards to Los Angeles economics, real estate practices, and history.

The presence of public green space can be seen as a measure of civic wealth, and of political solvency within a community. Public Green poses questions about ownership of land, and suggests the transfer of property from private to public use. Viewers are asked to rethink their local landscape, and to physically transform their environment. Public Green proposes a dual function of maps: as wayfinding devices which locate self and possible destinations; and as political agent.

This project was made possible by a Regional Arts Grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; transit kiosk space donation by Viacom International; and Metro Art.


Public Green installed in Los Angeles transit kiosks.


Exhibited:
> Just Space(s) | 9.26-11.18.07 | LACE, Los Angeles CA
> Mapping | 2005 | Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams MA
> GardenLab | 2004 | Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA
> Mapping (Part 1) | 2003 | Mess Hall, Chicago
> Public Planning | 2002 | Temporary Services, Chicago IL
> Conference on the History of Cartography, Harvard MA
> Transit kiosks and in-bus car cards throughout Los Angeles | 2001-2002

Press/Published:
> Rethinking the Power of Maps | Denis Wood | Guilford Press, 2010
> Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal | Clare Cumberlidge & Lucy Musgrave | Thames & Hudson, 2007
> Surface Tension: Problematics of Site | Ken Ehrlich & Brandon La Belle, Eds. | Errant Bodies Press, 2003
> C_M_L Newsletter, Vol 1, No 1 | 2009
> Los Angeles Forum| Issue 5: Parks | 2003
> Recent Projects | Public Art Review | Fall/Winter 2002