Completed Projects: Baldwin Hills Parks Bridge Enhancement Project

The Baldwin Hills Conservancy hired LANI to lead this project dedicated to enlivening the entryway to one of the area’s most well-used facilities, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area (KHRSA). LANI engaged stakeholders from a variety of jurisdictions to evaluate a conceptual design competition, through which Cliff Garten Studios was selected. Creating a tight-knit project team comprised of Berg & Associates, Mia Lehrer & Associates and the artist, LANI oversaw the design of the sculpture and its installation.

A 150 foot long bridge rail suspended over La Cienega Boulevard between Rodeo and Stocker Street, the nearly eight foot high undulating screen is perforated in an intricate pattern which seems to ripple across the space yet belies the structure’s durable function. The openness of the screen surface allows light to generate unique shadows throughout the day, providing scalloped images on the bridge’s surface. The project also incorporates new native landscaping along the egress and ingress ramps to the park as well as plants and drip irrigation along the eastern slope.

The dramatic gateway improvements were funded through a grant from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, marking the entry into the Baldwin Hill Park Lands, the last two-square miles of open space in the Los Angeles basin. The grand opening, held in October of 2012, celebrated the cooperation of Los Angeles County Park and Recreation Department and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.