A public art, AR exhibition along the LA River, co-curated by Nancy Baker Cahill and Debra Scacco
Artworks + Locations
The journey to a little known but extraordinary Elysian Park vista runs along a thin road that hugs the rim of the Elysian Reservoir. Guided by directions from 4th Wall, the free Augmented Reality (AR) app that democratizes the experience of viewing public art, visitors are greeted by a view of concrete ribbons at the simultaneous confluence of rivers and highways. By using a smartphone or tablet to launch 4th Wall and selecting “Coordinates,” Carolina Caycedo’s "Curative Mouth" is revealed on screen. The large-scale virtual artwork features fishing nets collected during the artists’ work in global communities impacted by the privatization of water.
The experience described above is at the heart of Defining Line: a groundbreaking, public art, AR exhibition exploring how lines connect, divide and define communities. Co-curated by Nancy Baker Cahill (Founder of 4th Wall) and Debra Scacco, the exhibition places powerful, site-relevant works in AR along the Los Angeles River, encouraging visitors to explore, reconsider and interact with the river, and to recognize the key role this vital line plays in shaping the history and experience of moving through Los Angeles. These public artworks were either made for or translated into AR to discuss the cultural weight and history of this 51-mile expanse––while causing zero environmental impact or harm.
Carolina Caycedo, "Curative Mouth"
At Point Grand View in Elysian Park. Located at 34.08011, -118.22835
For the best vantage point, go up to the fence at Grand View Lookout in Elysian Park.
Andrea Chung, "Filthy Water Cannot Be Washed"
Over the Hyperion Bridge in Atwater. Located at 34.11267, -118.26449
For the best vantage point, go up the path at the end of Fencroft Road in Atwater.
Debra Scacco, "Origin and Destination Study"
Above Spring Street bridge over the LA River. Located at 34.07067, -118.22461
For the best vantage point, go to the end of Naud Street, by the train tracks. Point the camera just above the bridge.
Tongva Elders Julia Bogany & Marissa Aranda, "The Journey of Visibility"
Above the bridge on North Broadway. Located at 34.07171, -118.22698
For the best vantage point, go to 1799 Baker Street and point the camera just above the bridge. Remember to turn up the volume on your phone!
Beatriz Cortez, "Tzolk'in"
At the Bowtie Project. Located at 34.10539, -118.24213
For the best vantage point, walk about 10 min or .4 miles into the Project until you are facing the river.
Nova Jiang, "Cartographer"
At Los Angeles State Historic Park. Located at 34.06737, -118.23307
For the best vantage point, go to the viewing bridge in the park and face downtown LA.
Star Montana, "Krystal"
Above the Cesar Chavez Bridge. Located at 34.05481, -118.22691
For the best vantage point, go to the corner of E Cesar Chavez Ave and N Mission Rd.
Gala Porres-Kim, "Supplement to Ballona Discovery Park Informative Signs"
In Ballona Park, Playa Vista, CA. Located at 33.96929, -118.42373
For the best vantage point, go to 13081 Bluff Creek Drive and pass the signs on your right as you enter the park. Gala's work will appear to the left in front of you.