Smog House

Submitted by Kevin Cooley

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Client: Los Angeles County Arboretum

Location: Arcadia, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $25,000

Project Team

Artist

Kevin Cooley

Client

The Los Angeles County Arboretum

Overview

Smog House is a site specific installation in response to the historical use of this greenhouse as a place to study the effects on plant growth of lead and smog from the adjacent Pasadena Freeway. Video projections of blue skies and cumulus clouds struggle to be seen though a thick layer of artificial fog inside the disused structure, much like the pure blue sky struggles against the smoggy haze on any given day in Los Angeles.