Lize Mogel
Public Green, 2001-2002
Silkscreen on Opallene, 48" x 70"

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.

> Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives | 11.11.12-2.21.13 | DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
> 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
+ Transit kiosks and in-bus car cards throughout Los Angeles | 2001-2002

> Jaroslav Andel, Ed. Cartographies of Hope catalog (DOX, 2012)
> Denis Wood, Rethinking the Power of Maps (Guilford Press, 2010)
> C_M_L Newsletter, Vol 1, No 1., 2009
> Clare Cumberlidge & Lucy Musgrave, Design and Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal (Thames & Hudson, 2007)
> Ken Ehrlich & Brandon La Belle, Eds., Surface Tension: Problematics of Site (Errant Bodies Press, 2003)
> Los Angeles Forum, Issue 5: Parks, 2003
+ Recent Projects, Public Art Review, Fall/Winter 2002 

+ Public Space: Interdisciplinary Strategies, Municipal Art Society, 2005
+ International Conference on the History of Cartography, Portland ME, 2003
+ Colloqium, Department of Geography, UCLA, 2002