Mel Chin’s vision of a Los Angeles that is sustained with native, water-saving landscapes is becoming reality one garden at a time. The artist will discuss his TIE THAT BINDS project at Otis College’s Forum on Sunday, September 25, from 6:00-9:00pm.
First created for the city’s inaugural Public Art Biennial, CURRENT: LA Water, Chin set up installations at the Bowtie Project, an 18-acre stretch of wilderness alongside the LA River. Blueprints to the eight sample gardens were then given to participants to “mirror” in the backyards of Brentwood, South L.A., Porter Ranch, Sun Valley, Boyle Heights, and others.
The gardens were designed to address water conservation, one of the most critical challenges facing Californians today. Chin collaborated with landscape architects Calvin Abe and Glen Dake and Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants on the landscape concepts.
By continuing to hold events and engage the public, Chin is transforming the temporary work into permanent citywide land art. Mirror garden blueprints will be available at Sunday’s presentation, which is co-sponsored by the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Public Practice program and the USC Roski School of Art and Design in partnership with Cal State University Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture.
Photo: Amanda Wiles, Mirror Garden hosts from Long Beach, CA holding their blueprint.