Road Concert on Sunset Boulevard
site-specific works along the entire length of Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles Road Concerts presents a showing of site-specific projects from over 100 Los Angeles artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire length of Sunset Boulevard’s 24 miles, from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. For one day, artists will perform works, display installations, facilitate car pool happenings and make music in public spaces such as sidewalks, traffic islands, parking lots, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s most iconic boulevards. The audience self-curates, deciding how long they want to spend at each participating artist's spot, or to skip spots or drive at different speeds between destinations as they journey from one end of Sunset to the other, arriving eventually to a beach reception at the ocean just before sunset. The road concert can easily be experienced by bus, bicycle and walking, and artist-driven carpools are available. An official map of the day’s events along with project descriptions and other downloadable information will be available to the public starting on September 13 on the event website (www.laroadconcerts.co.cc).
Los Angeles Road Concerts seeks to investigate the possibilities of LA's lengthy streets as sites for artistic exploration while celebrating each street itself as a cross-section to observe the city's diversity of landscapes and people, how the Los Angeles metropolis grew, and the assortment of in-betweens and negative spaces it left behind as it expanded. How can we generate a new kind of LA experience, utilizing its car culture to find meaning and attention to a collection of less obvious destinations? Additionally, through a wide and inclusive open call process, Los Angeles Road Concerts brings together art school graduates, creative professionals, local residents and other creative people to realize a broad array of kinds of interactions with the sites. Participating artists find unlikely audiences, people who might have never otherwise encountered their work but who ultimately take a great interest in it.