The first piece of art planned for a park in the Arts District has been announced: Glenn Kaino’s statue of the “L.A. fingers” salute. The 30-foot-tall sculpture depicting hands making the “LA” sign with overlapping fingers will be part of the new public space being created on either side of the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project. The 12-acre park is split between the Arts District and Boyle Heights; the latter portion is larger and will have features including soccer fields.
The decision to put Kaino’s piece on the western side of the river drew outcry from some Boyle Heights stakeholders who said the symbol originated in their neighborhood. Additional artworks are planned, although no others have been announced.
The $482 million Sixth Street Viaduct is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. The Downtown portion will include an art park named for late community developer Leonard Hill.