LA’s Street Lamps Could Include Poetry And Élan
The notion of L.A.’s street lamps has, in recent years, been almost completely co-opted by Instagram and “Urban Light,” the lovely yet slightly over-’grammed display in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“Many of the historic Los Angeles streetlights we now cherish for their élan were designed as site-specific streetlights for neighborhoods within the City of Los Angeles… Los Angeles now has a chance to combine our rich streetlight tradition with the freedom opened up by progress in lighting technology to produce a standard design emblematic of 21st-century Los Angeles.”
The contest won’t replace all of those lamps, said Christopher Hawthorne, the city’s chief design officer.
“The standard design [was] introduced in the 1950’s,” he said. “At very much response to car culture… it doesn't really have a connection to neighborhood character or pedestrian scale.”
Friday is the final day for contestants to submit their registration and entry fee. The first round of designs will be due in March, and a winner is expected to be announced in June.