Client: LeBasse Projects
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $30,000
View Finder is an interactive sculpture that references the history of the Great Park Site– The El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Evocative of trailside wayfinding signage, this piece presents a series of cones pointing in various directions towards the landscape. As one peers into the oculus of each cone, images from the past come into focus– aerial views of the Marine Corps base, airplanes, Marines working, etc. These images provide vignettes of the site’s past overlaid onto the contemporary landscape. View Finder is an homage to the past within a contemporary framework. This floral colorful form is striking from afar, while offering a series of intimate experiences up close.
View Finder is constructed of powder-coated aluminum with welded and machine-screw connections. This durable finish is designed to withstand the demands of this public environment. Each of six view cones present unique images from the Marine Corp Air Station. A round disc bearing the title View Finder sits on the top of the piece.
The goal for View Finder is to create a playful project within Cadence Park that encourages reflection on the site's former use as a Marine Corp Air Station. Several view cones present images drawn from the site's past, and thus provoke thought upon repeat visits.
UrbanRock Design provided this project for Five Points, the developer for the park system, and Le Basse Projects, the art consultant. This project belongs to a collection of artworks that are located throughout the parks that are set within a new housing development. This collection of artworks contributes to the public spaces and landscape design.