The Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Cultural Affairs worked together to select local artists to serve on a Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) to oversee the selection of a public artist to contribute to the Sixth Street PARC. Following a competition open to the public, the committee selected artist Glenn Kaino.
Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC)
Members of the PAAC included:
Melissa Richardson Banks
Principal of CauseConnect
Artist, teacher, Founding Director of Freewaves
Advocacy Field Manager for Arts for LA
Board President & Treasurer of LADADSpace
Vice President of Los Angeles River and Business Association (LARABA)
Arts District representative for the LA Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council
Artist, teacher, Board President of CASA 0101 Theater
Glenn Kaino Biography
Local artist Glenn Kaino was selected as the winner from a finalist group of five artists.
Local artist Glenn Kaino was selected as the public artist from a strong group of local and international candidates, Kaino works in a range of media, including sculpture, installation, video and performance. His grandparents and great-grandparents were long-time residents of Boyle Heights and he spent more than 15 years living in the Arts District.
During his interview and presentation to the Artist Selection Committee, Kaino emphasized the need to engage local communities and honor the bridge’s special significance as an iconic crossing that connects the Downtown Arts District and Boyle Heights. He also underscored the importance of the human connection to the Viaduct, presenting material where he chronicled conversations with various people on the bridge who use it on a regular basis. His project for the Viaduct will likely explore the role and potential of infrastructure as social context.
Glenn Kaino lives and works in Los Angeles.
Kaino earned his BA in Studio Art in 1993 from the University of California, Irvine, and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1996. Kaino has also helped create various experimental venues to support the work of other artists. Working with collaborators Daniel Joseph Martinez, Tracey Shiffman, and Rolo Castillo, Kaino cofounded the seminal artist-run gallery Deep River in Los Angeles in 1997. Throughout its five years of existence, it was a beacon for artists and experimental practices in Los Angeles.