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Blue McRight & Warren Wagner
Garden of Conversion

Project Area:  CT-South Park
Project:  Hope Street Terminus
Project Location:  Hope Street at 17th Street and the 10 Freeway
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


This artist and architect team transformed a blighted cul-de-sac at a freeway underpass into an environmentally-sensitive installation. The central sculptural feature is a 19' h solar-powered steel lantern in the center of a traffic island enhanced with a mosaic of recycled asphalt. Its colored concrete base is etched with the word "Hope" in 48 languages. The sculpture is surrounded by drought-tolerant tall grasses.

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Blue McRight studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design.  The artist’s work is often characterized as non-traditional and interactive.  With her lantern-like sculptures of woven wire shells that are illuminated from within, she creates engaging public pieces that allow the viewer to interact with her work on an intimate scale before moving on.  Marmite’s public artworks are in the collections of the cities of Culver City, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Buenaventura, and San Diego, California as well as in the collections of Sun America, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; Port of Portland, Oregon; Chemical Bank, New York; and Mountain Bell, Denver. The artist was recently featured in a solo exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  McRight lives and works in Venice, California.

Warren Wagner, an architect by trade, is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of California, Los Angeles’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.  In 1993, Wagner founded W3 Architects, an architectural studio that focuses on resource-conserving architecture and public works, and energy management consulting.  In 2001, Wagner was awarded a City of Los Angeles Fellowship from the Department of Cultural Affairs for his project Cardinal Points a prototype for solar living, which was exhibited at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.  Wagner’s environmentally responsive work explores the relationship between ecology, architecture, and the technologies involved in sustainable design.  The artist is currently an adjunct faculty professor of Sustainable Design at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.