Above the exit of the one-way 3rd Street Tunnel in Downtown L.A, artist Tory DiPietro presents a neon art installation facing Flower Street. A large back-lit red neon heart serves as glowing background to a back-lit neon sign in white plate steel that spells out “Los Angeles”. Framing both are neon glass light tubes of purple, blue, green and yellow, casting a rainbow hue of light as commuters drive through to the end of the tunnel. DiPierto’s aim with this project was to create a work that overpowers recent memories of the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic with hope and beauty.
Additional support for this project was provided by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Eastside Arts Initiative, Council District 14 – Kevin de León, The Hello Stranger Foundation, A-INDUSTRIAL DESIGN/BUILD, Krizel Dahline, Wayne Ratkovich, Nate Sheaffer and Powered with Ventex Technology.
WE RISE 2021 will not have any live in-person events. When visiting WE RISE installations and projects, please adhere to all CDC guidelines and safety protocols and take every safety precaution, including social distancing and wearing masks. Please note, WE RISE partners may have limited attendance events and will manage these in accordance with their individual protocols. All installations and activities are meant to be viewed from a distance individually or in small groups, in order to remain COVID-safe while still fostering community connection and collective healing.