Bruce Nauman, Untitled (Leave the Land Alone), 1969/2009
This weekend started off with a trip up to Pasadena to see Bruce Nauman’s unrealized 1969 project finally realized for the Armory Center for the Arts’ 20th Anniversary. We went to a viewing location hosted by Side Street Projects, and watched as five planes criss-crossed the sky, outputting fluffy cloud dots which resolved into the text “Leave the Land Alone”.
It was interesting to us the change in context for this work, from its initial response to the land art projects of the 1960’s to today where it could reasonably be assumed it was a green/ecological statement referring to land use and global warming.
After watching them etch the sky in gigantic letters for four passes and catching up with a few friends who also showed up, we headed off to Side Street Projects’ campus further up in Pasadena to check out their Armadillo (a FEMA trailer converted by MIT students into a vertical garden which Side Street won), their wood shop buses, and their collection of air-stream trailer offices.
Animo Venice Charter High School, the project I have been working on at Osborn for the past 10 months, opened for classes on time yesterday. The 45,000 sf. two-story school for 500+ students is run by Green Dot Public Schools. Set on a very small site adjacent to an LAUSD elementary school in a Venice neighborhood, the project consists of a long classroom/admin building along a covered outdoor corridor, with a gymnasium building set across a long open space running the length of the site. A shade structure (not installed yet, but coming!) adjacent to the gym will serve as an area to eat lunch or hang out. Photovoltaic solar panels cover the roof and are spaced along the west facing elevation of the building, and will supplement the power to the building.
Animo Venice was the first school to receive a grant from the High Performance Incentive Grant program in California, which earmarks $100 million for green school projects.
I have brought in most of the past Rise Industries posts from the old blog… as you may have noticed. They didn’t all come in correctly – some titles are missing, some are attributed to the wrong author, but hey, they are up. And now they are accessible via the archive. Nice. I started to set up bio pages for members, and also began tinkering with the code to get things looking the way I want them too. So, things will be in flux here for a little while. I have no clue when it comes to .php and only rudimentary CSS knowledge, so it could take a while for me to get it looking the way I want. Stay tuned. Hopefully members will pop in and post when they are all logged in to the new system.