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Kim Yasuda
Ascent
1994


Project Area:  Hollywood
Project:  Cherokee/Whitley Parking Garage
Project Location:  1710-1720 N. Cherokee Avenue
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated

Description:

A spiral of 31 cast bronze shoes suspended on the steel cables encircles a glass elevator of a four-story parking garage. The shoes appear to walk in an upward spiral. Each shoe is suspended from two cables stretched from the floor to a curved steel lighting sculpture at the top of the elevator shaft. The bottom of each cable is anchored to a 12'h stainless steel rod implanted in the concrete floor.

The sculpture acknowledges the importance of film to Hollywood's past.  According to the artist, her idea for the sculpture was inspired by the sequential images first introduced in the late 1800s by photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

Kim Yasuda's Ascent
 
Detail of Kim Yasuda's Ascent
 


Artist Profile

Born and raised in California, Kim Yasuda is a visual artist whose installations and public projects investigate the links between identity and place within the contemporary urban landscape.  The artist is the recipient of visual arts fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, US/Japan Foundation, Eliza M. Howard Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.  Yasuda has been commissioned for public projects throughout California, including the Vermont Station for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles and a commemorative work for the City of San Jose.  As a professor of Spatial Studies in the Art Department at University of California, Santa Barbara, Yasuda has sought to develop projects that forge partnerships between UCSB and the community through the use of her public art research. In 2006, Yasuda and her undergraduate art students were awarded a public commission for Villa Cesar Chavez, a 52-unit, seasonal farm-worker housing complex in Oxnard, California. With Yasuda’s assistance, students designed the public art components including a plaza, community center, and streetscape.  The artist is currently working with her students to modify two shipping containers into mobile art studios.  Yasuda is also the co-director of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).