Make-or-Break Time for the Triforium

The musical, light-up Triforium sculpture at the Los Angeles Mall has sat quiet and dark for years. A new grant could help bring it back to life. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, a supporter group dubbed the Triforium Project won a $100,000 grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 campaign.

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Created in 1975 by artist Joseph Young, the six-story work full of bells, colored glass, lights and a sound system garnered a mix of praise and ridicule, and eventually fell into disrepair. Various attempts to bring it back were all short-lived. The Triforium Project — consisting of Tom Carroll, Jona Bechtolt, Claire Evans and Tanner Blackman — plan to update the installation with LED lights and new computer software, along with creating a mobile application to allow visitors to interact with the piece. 

Another Try for the Triforium

In a statement to Los Angeles Downtown News, Carroll said the team was at a loss for words at the news of the grant. The Triforium Project plans to host a celebration for the grant at the Triforium (at Temple and Main streets) on Sunday, Dec. 11, at noon.

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