Feb. 13-22: SKYLINE 2014

"Cerebral Hut" at SKYLINE 2014 | Photo courtesy of LERATA, Facebook

SKYLINE 2014 is a free architecture and art event that showcases experimental and interactive installations that embrace LA's ever-evolving cultural landscape. Each year during SKYLINE, architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within Downtown Los Angeles into destination places for visitors and locals alike. Uncovering these spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of Downtown, combined with site-specific contemporary architecture and art interventions, exemplifies the SKYLINE experience.

SKYLINE is taking place 6-10 p.m. nightly in Downtown LA from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. SKYLINE is recommended for viewing over a few evenings, and is intended to be experienced on foot or by Metro Rail as a self-guided walking tour. Following are some of the special events taking place during the ten days of SKYLINE 2014. To RSVP for the free music performances, visit the SKYLINE calendar.


Exchange nightclub | Photo courtesy of JAKKMODE, Flickr

Celebrate the opening of SKYLINE 2014 at Exchange LA, located in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. The massive 25,000 square-foot nightclub boasts a thunderous Funktion One sound system and a dazzling 200 square-foot LED screen with 1.25 million bulbs. The musical line-up includes an array of local talent, including DJ Nightchilde, Soft Metals and Magic_Touch. Tickets to this 21 and over event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds go to support the SKYLINE event. To purchase online tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.


SKYLINE 2014 is offering four guided tours, on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. There are two tours on each day, starting at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each walking tour lasts two hours and covers about half of the installation sites -  the 6 p.m. tour covers installations within the Fashion District, and the 8 p.m. tour covers the Broadway and Historic Districts. SKYLINE founder and director, Melissa Urcan is the tour emcee and will discuss the project, architecture sites, and the architects and artists work chosen for the event. At selected sites, participating architects and artists will discuss the design and creative process behind the installations, and the work on view. Each tour includes the dance performance of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre at the Cooper Design Space, and provides an opportunity to meet the performers. Guided tour tickets are $35 for the general public (ages 5 to 55). Tickets for seniors (over 55) and students with valid are $30.


"Pump Your Hood" at SKYLINE 2014 | Photo courtesy of LERATA, Facebook

White Rainbow performs at Pump Your Hood from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Pump Your Hood is a collaboration between Helen Cheuk, Christian Prasch and Joanna Shaw. Pump Your Hood is located at Installation Site #6, on the Plaza Level above the parking lot at 888 S. Figueroa St. A collection of inflatable components, Pump Your Hood invites Angelenos to move under, between and through the installation.


"Cocoon" at SKYLINE 2014 | Photo courtesy of LERATA, Facebook

Cocoon is the site for a performance by M. Geddes Gengras, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Cocoon is located at Installation Site #4, in the ground floor space of the Union Lofts at 8th and Hill Streets. The installation is a full-scale model of an actual part extracted from one of the two public buildings designed by amphibianArc, an architecture design firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with a branch office in Shanghai, China.


"Evaporative Fault" at SKYLINE 2014 | Photo courtesy of LERATA, Facebook

Ken Camden performs at Evaporative Fault on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Evaporative Fault is located at Installation Site #10, 1106 S. Broadway in the Fashion District. Using light, salt and water, Evaporative Fault reveals the slow/fast erosions/accretions of time and place in the urban environment. Over the course of the ten-day installation, a wood-mesh-salt structure gradually erodes, engaging passersby to notice the processes that define the geological and cultural histories of Los Angeles. The installation was created by John and Elizabeth Umbanhowar of hughesumbanhowar Architects.


"Cerebral Hut" at SKYLINE 2014 | Photo courtesy of LERATA, Facebook

On Friday, Feb. 21, Strategy is performing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cerebral Hut, an interactive architectural installation that explores the relationship between architecture, movement and human thought. The installation is the work of Güvenç Özel (Ozel Office), an LA-based architect, artist and researcher. Cerebral Hut is located at Installation Site #3, the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown LA.

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