'Inglewood Urbanstage' was a public art commission for the City of Inglewood -- a month-long architectural sculpture, construction performance and panel series sited at the civic plaza of Inglewood City hall. The plaza, designed by Charles Luckman in the 1970s, is one of LA’s many neglected public spaces. The Urbanstage sought to re-activate the plaza.
Composed of wooden modules, 'Urbanstage' was reconstructed once every week, for four weeks, to create four distinct iterations of transformative architecture. 'Urbanstage' was activated weekly by curated civic conversations and workshops focused on urban issues in Inglewood and Los Angeles: transportation and the impact of automobiles, art cities and gentrification, urban development and shared futures based on food, culture, and diversity.
Each week-long cycle featured a different spatial configuration, intended to generate different discussions and modes of social interaction. The four Urbanstage cycles were the Amphitheatre, Transverse, Labyrinthian and Longtable. These forms, each installed for one week, explored how the architecture of shared space can impact our urban conversations. Performers then shifted the same modules to create the other renditions of the outdoor wooden sculpture.
Fabrication: Joshua Stricklin / Stricklin Designs
Project Manager: Daniel Guzman
Project Assistant: Ekkrit Suwanwong
Construction Performers: Devan Harlan Simunovich, Daniel Guzman, Ekkrit Suwanwong
Videographer: Jesse Russell Brooks
Thanks to Helen Lessick, Sabrina Barnes and Christopher Jackson of the City of Inglewood.
For full descriptions of panel discussions and workshops: