Street Artist Unlocks Potential of Neglected Spaces

Surfer in the Los Angeles River by Calder Greenwood. Photo by Stephen Zeigler via KCET Departures.

Surfer in the Los Angeles River by Calder Greenwood. Photo by Stephen Zeigler via KCET Departures.

Street artist Calder Greenwood creates paper-mache sculptures of people and animals and places them around some neglected space in Los Angeles including our river (51 miles long and so important to our city’s history!), an empty pit in Downtown and a grassy knoll (also in Downtown L.A.).

Deer on Angels Knoll in Los Angeles by Carter Greenwood. Photo by thaddywarbucks via KCET Departures

Deer on Angels Knoll in Los Angeles by Calder Greenwood. Photo by thaddywarbucks via KCET Departures

These sculptures seem so out-of-place in these spaces but they allow you to imagine the potential of that particular space and in the case of the pit for example, you realize how large it actually is in comparison to a person and all of a sudden, that large space seems more like a wasted opportunity for something that can enhance our own quality of life.

Sunbathers in an empty pit in Downtown Los Angeles by Calder Greenwood. Photo by Calder Greenwood via KCET Departures.

Sunbathers in an empty pit in Downtown Los Angeles by Calder Greenwood. Photo by Calder Greenwood via KCET Departures.

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