Art in Downtown L.A. is about to get a lot BIGGER! The LA Fashion District is excited to announce the official debut of the Coral Forest art installation, an interactive art piece by Los Angeles-based artist Doron Gazit. The Coral Forest art installation is composed of 10 separate larger-than-life-size pieces that can be reconfigured and displayed in various ways. The inflatable art piece uses air as a medium and explores how people interact with the element.
The public is invited to walk through, touch, and take selfies with the art.
View Coral Forest every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at THE WALL Farmer’s Market, located on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets in Downtown L. A. The installation will be set up in front of the So Cal Flower Market at 755 Wall St.
Doron Gazit is an environmental artist and industrial designer who focuses his art on air, line, and color. He has done art installations internationally and is based out of Los Angeles. His work has been featured everywhere from the New York Convention Center to the Dead Sea. Learn more about the artist and his work on July 14, 2016 during Downtown Art Walk. Gazit will be speaking about his work and inspiration for Coral Forest at Preux & Proper, where the art installation will also be displayed.
The piece was commissioned by the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) and curated by Carmen Zella as part of the Fashion District’s space activation initiative. Our goal is to take underutilized and/or less trafficked areas of the LA Fashion District and use art and culture to bring the community together around these spaces. By doing so, we hope to illustrate the full-potential of these streets and what a truly vibrant Downtown L.A. community looks like. The Coral Forest art installation is a mobile art piece and will be installed at various locations throughout the LA Fashion District this summer.
Please Note: Coral Forest will not be on display in the event of rain or inclement weather. The piece will be on display at the farmer’s market indefinitely.
Major developments are happening throughout the LA Fashion District. The new developments throughout Downtown, and especially within the Fashion District, will help increase foot traffic to local businesses. Currently there are 7 major projects underway within the Fashion District, with one of the largest being located at the intersection of 9th and Main Streets.
The businesses located at this bustling intersection are all open during construction, so the next time you are in the Fashion District make sure to check them out:
Pattern Bar: 100 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
One of the most popular bars in the area and pioneer of the Downtown bar scene, Pattern Bar is a great place to grab a drink after a long day in the Fashion District! Make sure to check out their fashionable hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and grab a designer inspired drink.
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 am
Soleil Beauty Salon: 901 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Soleil Beauty is a full service salon that offers a range of services including hair, facials, tanning, nails, make-up, waxing, and massages. Soleil Beauty has a professional and dedicated staff who will be able to cater to all of your beauty needs and provide you with affordable pampering and elegance.
Tuesday – Friday : 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: open for events and large parties.
Peace Yoga Gallery: 903 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Peace Yoga Gallery offers a full body and mind experience. Peace Yoga’s mission is: Live Yoga, Live Food, Live Art, Live Music, and Live People. It incorporates all these elements into its yoga classes for a truly reenergizing experience for the body and soul.
Peace Yoga Gallery’s class schedule can be found here.
New Moon: 102 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
A part of downtown Los Angeles since 1956, New Moon has been a staple in Los Angeles for nearly 3 generations. They combine traditional Asian flavors with modern cuisine for a truly unique Asian fusion experience.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WoodSpoon: 107 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
WoodSpoon serves rustic Brazilian cuisine, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. They successfully blend creativity with traditional farm house food, for a modern take on Brazilian cuisine.
Tuesday – Friday (Lunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday (Dinner): 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (Brunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1810 Argentinean: 105 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90015
1810 Argentinean has created an imaginative South American inspired menu. With a focus on simple preparations of classic Argentinean food, they are able to create a traditional Argentinean experience.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 3 pm – 7 pm
Questions on where to go in the Fashion District or current construction developments?
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2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the LA Fashion District with a number of events and projects announced for the new year.
LA Fashion Market Week Summer 2016 – The first trade show of the year is only a week away. LA Fashion Market Summer ’16 will take place January 18-21 at all designer showrooms. Market week is a trade-only event in which the Fashion District’s designer showrooms debut their collections for the upcoming season. Buyers from all over the world, representing major department stores and local boutiques alike, attend the trade show to place orders. The full 2016 trade show calendar can be found here. Visit our market week info page for more information on LA Fashion Market.
“One of Downtown’s most anticipated dining and drinking spots,” is what LA Downtown News is saying about the City Market South project slated to open in Spring 2016. The project has already announced two restaurants and a bar which will open on the eastern side of the district. One of the restaurants announced is the much anticipated high-end Vietnamese eatery, Slanted Door by Chef Charles Phan. City Market South will feature an open courtyard (pictured above). Additional tenants are expected to be announced later this year.
See the full LA Downtown News story here.
More Residential – In case you missed it, there’s a slew of residential projects expected to open in the Los Angeles-Santee Street area this year. Urbanize.la has the full round-up here.
Hotel Coming Soon: Hoxton, a London-based hotel company, is transforming a long-time vacant building at 11th Street and S. Broadway into a hotel. No specifics have been announced for the project, but LA Times has some details. This will be the second hotel to open in the Fashion District. The district’s only other hotel, Ace Hotel, is also on Broadway.
Executive Offices and High-End Retail Coming to the Fashion District
Strategic Legacy Investment Group is investing $3.5 million to renovate the property at 221 E 12th Street. The 4-story building formerly known as Santee Center has been renamed Downtown Executive Multiplex and will add executive office space and high-end retail to the district. The first new tenant will be Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory which is slated to open in early 2016. Learn more about the project here.
Update: This installation has been put on hold until further notice. We will announce when it will be displayed at the Farmer’s Market next.
LA Fashion District is thrilled to announce the unveiling of Varenye x LA Fashion District, an interactive art installation during Downtown LA Art Walk. We’ve partnered with Do Art to bring Russian artist collective, Varenye Organism to Downtown LA. Varenye will be creating their first-ever Los Angeles installation exclusively for the LA Fashion District. Known for creating large-scale “social toys”, Varenye challenges the conventional art experience and invites onlookers to view, feel, and play with art in a new way.
Come play and immerse yourself in the abstract!
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6-10 p.m.
California Market Center (CMC) courtyard, 110 E 9th St.
at the corner of 9th and Main Streets
Artist Reception at Hotel Figueroa, 939 S Figueroa St. from 7-8 p.m.
Moderated by: Kimberly Brooks – Artist & Founding Editor, Huffington Post Arts Section
Hosted by: Hotel Figueroa, LA Fashion District BID, Do Art, South Park BID, Think Tank Gallery
Hailing from Moscow, Varenye describes itself as “a living factory of creative experiments.” Their installations are truly unique and meant to be fun and engaging. They are literally built for play! You can view one of their previous projects in the video below.
“Giant Abstract Connects” is a life-size puzzle pieces that are rearranged to take on new shapes.
After Art Walk, Varenye x LA Fashion District will be on view every Saturday through the end of the year at The Wall Farmer’s Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wall Farmer’s Market is located on Wall Street between 8th and 7th Streets. Visitors might randomly stumble on the installation during the week, as the art piece can be moved into other spaces.
The installation will join other notable works of public art in the Fashion District including Jonathan Borofsky’s Hammering Man at the California Market Center, Banksy’s “PARKing” at The Sparkle Factory (908 S. Broadway), and works by Blek le Rat and Shepard Fairey also at the Broadway location.
Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project recently announced their residency at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The season will debut with three performances on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd. The program includes U.S. premieres of Reflections choreographed by Benjamin Millepied with music by David Lang and visual concepts by Barbara Kruger, and Murder Ballads by Justin Peck with music by Bryce Dessner of The National and visual concepts by Sterling Ruby. These two works will be paired with an exclusive sneak-peek of a new piece by Hiroaki Umeda in preparation for its upcoming premiere in Paris in March 2014.
Tickets for the event start at $20, making it a very affordable opportunity to see the freshly restored United Artists Theatre. (Tickets can be purchased here.) As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Theatre is a stunning example of Spanish Gothic architecture and was actually modeled after a Spanish castle. Built by Hollywood royalty – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks – it is one of the most beautiful venues in Los Angeles.
L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, Founding Producer Charles Fabius and Nicholas Britell. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers.