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Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles Paperback – November 11, 2014
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"By weaving into its oral history the voices of 66 differentspeakers -- among them urban landscapers, artists, security guards, CityCouncilmen, LA river experts, the formerly homeless, and a newborn baby -- Rosenberg creates a tapestry as vibrant as the city itself. With itsbountiful illustrations and photographs of the site dating back to 1873, the book was awarded the inaugural California Historical Society BookAward." -- Peter Relic, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Under the Bridge: Finding Art in L.A's Forgotten Places"
"Under Spring chronicles a six-year project to transform one of downtown's most ignored spots." -- Los Angeles magazine
"Rosenberg's book is a nonfictionalcall-to-action, advocating Metabolic Studio's grassroots approach totaking back the city. A strategy of beautification that recommendstaking stock of the potential and cultural content of the ugly concrete, the degenerated places." -- Neon Tommy
"The space underneath the bridge was often overlooked until one artist took another look." -- KPCC (8:27 minute radio interview)
"Here's a suggestion for Mayor Eric Garcetti inspired by Rosenberg'sbook: create a new Department of Interstitial Spaces. OK, maybe not adepartment. Just a small team, with a czar, or better yet, a wizard like Al Nodal in charge. The mission: scout out emerging opportunities where artists, neighborhood organizations, and citizens are re-imaginingneglected patches of public space in the city, and help nudge thebureaucracy to get out of their way." - Jon Christensen, columnist, LA Observed
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The winner of the first CHS Book Award reimagines what a history book can be, and it tells a story all California needs to hear in order to understand itself. Beneath Los Angeles's North Spring Street bridge, a deteriorated concrete landscape was used for years as a homeless encampment and a buffer zone between gang territories. Between 2006 and 2013, artist Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio team transformed the underpass into a vibrantly creative space that served as a public square, ceremonial ground, art gallery, community garden, and musical instrument. Under Spring explores the unlikely history of this underpass, revealing the past of Los Angeles itself.
Sixty-six people from all walks of life artists, scholars, laborers, graffiti artists, urban planners, activists, gang members chronicle the underpass's many metamorphoses, and in doing so construct an energized account of change and development in LA. We come to understand how agriculture and transportation have shaped the city's growth; how abandoned places serve as refuges for people excluded from society; and how civic pride can arise from a city's blighted core. Under Spring offers a new look at the story of Los Angeles and a new way of telling the story.
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California artist Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio team transformed the no-man’s land below Los Angeles’ North Spring Street Bridge between 2006 and 2013 into a creative space that served as a public square, ceremonial ground, art gallery, community garden, and musical instrument. Jeremy Rosenberg’s award-winning oral history, Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles, introduces an Altman-like ensemble of three-score people, each with a unique voice, each producing Terkel-like history. People come. People go. Without apparent time-shifting they chronicle the space’s metamorphoses and foreshadow its future. Nothing ever happens…but everything happens. This is a groundbreaking, multi-stream of consciousness work of art, criticism and urbanism that demands serious attention.