I’ve lived in Los Angeles almost 20 years and I have never taken a stroll around MacArthur Park… until today. This afternoon I headed just east of DTLA to check out the new art installation called The Spheres at MacArthur Park. When it is completed on Tuesday, there will be 2,500 giant colorful inflatable beach balls floating in the lake. The “spheres” range from 4 to 6 foot in diameter. Each ball has been hand-painted by volunteers over the past few months. The project is the work of native Angeleno brothers Ed and Bernie Massery’s non-profit group called Portraits of Hope. “We want to help revitalize MacArthur Park and reintroduce this area of the city to people of Los Angeles,” said Bernie Massery. “This is a historic park in the middle of the city. Many people drive right by it and don’t recognize its potential.”
The Spheres of MacArthur Park will be afloat for four weeks. MacArthur Park is located at Wilshire Boulevard just east of Alvarado Street. There’s plenty of street parking in the area or you can take the subway right the park, just exit the Red or Purple line at Westlake/MacArthur Park.