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The Light at the End of the Tunnel – Heart of Los Angeles

Tory DiPietro
Neon and steel | 2021

Picture of art work: Tory DiPietro, Rendering of Light at the End of the Tunnel – Heart of Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artist. © Tory DiPietro, Watch Me Glow Neon
Tory DiPietro, Rendering of Light at the End of the Tunnel – Heart of Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artist. © Tory DiPietro, Watch Me Glow Neon

About the Project

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.

Artist Quote

“I hope that I created something magical that can spark new imagination in the minds of children who travel through the tunnel, offer a happy detour to adults on the ride home after a rough work day, and leave an impactful reminder that no matter how dark things get, the light and heart of Los Angeles will always be brighter.”

~Tory DiPietro

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WE RISE is the annual Mental Health Awareness Month initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s ongoing WHY WE RISE campaign, funded by sponsorships and Prop 63.

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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

- Julia Bogany. October, 2020.

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