LA Plaza’s museum and outdoor campus continue to be closed as does a newly reopened aspect of our institution: LA Plaza’s Historic Paseo Walkway.
After a months-long renovation, the Paseo Walkway was dedicated in late February. Besides serving as a pathway between Olvera Street and LA Plaza Village, the Walkway helps visitors learn about Los Angeles history through a series of historical signs and monuments. KCRW’s Frances Anderton was at the dedication and reported her experience on the Greater L.A. podcast. Click here to read and listen. ABC7 and Univision were also at the dedication. Check out their broadcast clips here and here.
A popular feature of the Walkway is the placement of public art, including a massive wooden sculpture of a coyote, called Transportapueblos: Los Resilientes. Created by Mexican artist Alfredo “LIBRE” Gutierrez, it was constructed in recognition of the many difficulties faced by people who journey from their homes hoping to find a better life in the United States. View an online interview with LIBRE here.
After traveling cross-country, a 12-foot-tall section of the Berlin Wall – called The Wall Against Walls – is also on display in the Paseo Walkway. Visitors to the Walkway can read the message, meant as a “thank you” from Berliners to the United States and its people. L.A. CityView Channel 35’s Anna Marcos reports on the installation, that is both timely, and hugely symbolic to Los Angeles. Telemundo52 also covered the installation and spoke to viewers about its impact. Click here and here to view the reports.