Chinatown Service Center---Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Located at a social service and advocacy center that serves 11,000 refugees and immigrants per year, this environmental art program is comprised of an Individual Chronicle (an optical viewing device which juxtaposes text into a view of the courtyard) and the Community Passage (a series of panels inscribed in Chinese and English, flanking the entry).
From the inside, retractable solar screens are inscribed with the individual narratives of Chinese immigrants, their stories collected through community outreach, coordinated by an oral historian. From the outside, layered color panels will be inscribed with the names of people in the community who have become patrons, suggesting the process of individual advancement.
Constructed of etched, anodized aluminum components, glass, color acrylic panels, imprinted mylar solar screens and computer die-cut vinyls.