Designers have set out to turn the 1.1 mile stretch of the Crenshaw Line into an outdoor museum that showcases the ways L.A.’s black community has shaped the the city and the world.
The first renderings for Destination Crenshaw were released December 11, 2018. It will be a public art and culture experience celebrating Black LA. This 1.1 mile long, open-air museum will run along Crenshaw Blvd at the new Crenshaw/LAX Line in Hyde Park. It will be the first outdoor project of its kind in LA, using an iconic street as a backdrop and anchor for public art and streetscape design. Destination Crenshaw will be built for, by, and in honor of Black Los Angeles, and highlight the unique contributions of African Americans to life in Los Angeles. In the video below Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson shares the vision for Destination Crenshaw.
Los Angeles Magazine reports: District 8 City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s office, a crack team of local creatives, and several nationally renowned architects have set out to turn that 1.1 mile stretch of the Crenshaw Line into an outdoor museum that showcases the ways L.A.’s black community has shaped the the city and the world. Not to be confused with Metro’s planned Crenshaw Line station art, privately funded Destination Crenshaw will incorporate permanent and rotating public art, neighborhood history (recorded and newly unearthed), and existing businesses along the corridor to create what involved parties hope will be both a hub for locals and an essential stop for visitors heading to and from LAX. Says Joanne Kim, Harris-Dawson’s senior advisor, “The whole street is the canvas.”
Construction is due to start early 2019 and the project is planned to be complete with the public opening of the Crenshaw Line, spring 2020.