Baldwin Hills Gateway

Submitted by Cliff Garten


Client: Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $540,000

Project Team


Mia Lehrer and Associates


John Labib and Associates, Structural Engineer


Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)


Metal Arts Foundry


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio


For the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Bridge Improvement Project the artist used a patterned system of panels to alter the character of an existing highway bridge and to create a significant entry to the Baldwin Hills Nature Conservancy, 100 acres of one of the largest remaining
open spaces in Los Angeles. The art which functionally renovates the bridge, marks a significant
entry to the Conservancy, accommodates pedestrian traffic over the bridge, and serves as an
iconic presence for all those who pass under the bridge on La Cienega Boulevard.


Cliff Garten Studio's collaboration with all those involved in the project was described as excellent (by the client).

Additional Information

The bridge panels are designed to reflect the ongoing landscape transformation at the Conservancy, as the tensions of recreation and oil production, in the highly disturbed landscape are resolved and ecologies are restored. The open pattern of the panels is a conceptual mapping whose line work merges the broad patterns of disturbance caused by oil infrastructure on the site and the image of the skin of the small Western Fence Lizard, part of its original California coastal sedge ecology. This mapping collapses a small character from the landscape into the broad patterns of disturbance caused by oil extraction on site.