Tongva Park - CODAworx

Tongva Park

Submitted by City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division

Client: City of Santa Monica

Location: Santa Monica, USA

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team


Inigo Manglano-Ovalle

Landscape Architect

James Corner Field Operations

James Corner Field Operations


City of Santa Monica

City of Santa Monica


W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. of CA

W.E. O'Neil Construction Co. of CA


Malina Moore, Cultural Affairs Supervisor-Public Art


Tongva Park is a 6.2-acre site bounded by Main Street, the future Olympic Drive, Ocean Avenue and the I-10 Freeway. Inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site, James Corner Field Operations created a series of braided pathways appearing to organically emerge from the footsteps of City Hall, extend west to Ocean Avenue, and weave the park into the fabric of the City.


The park represented an opportunity to create a significant work of public art in a prominent location-- one that contributes to the overall Civic Center area as a destination and as a major cultural focus for Santa Monica. Therefore the City felt that it was imperative that an accomplished artist be commissioned to be an integral part of the project team from the very beginning of the design process.


Internationally renown artist Inigo Manglano-Ovalle was an integral part of the project team and worked closely with James Corner Field Operations to create Weather Field, No. 1, a site-specific sculpture composed of 49 telescoping stainless steel poles aligned in a grid.

Additional Information

PROJECT TEAM: Owner: City of Santa Monica; Design Lead / Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations; Contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. of CA; Architecture: Frederick Fisher & Partners; Artist: Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle; Structural & MEP Engineering: Buro Happold; Civil Engineering: Fuscoe Engineering; Lighting: HLB; Water Feature Design: Fluidity Design Consultants; Geotechnical: Converse Consultants; Urban Soils: Wallace Labs; Horticulture: Greenlee & Associates/ Perry & Associates; Irrigation: d.d. Pagano, Inc.