Liquid Shard Los Angeles: 'Urban eyesore' Pershing Square's stunning silver cloud art installation


Brussels may have a giant floral carpet, but Downtown Los Angeles has upped the stakes with huge silver cloud.

Draped over the top of Pershing Square, not known for its popularity among Los Angelenos, the Liquid Shard is a kinetic sculpture of silver streamers strung from the park's western end to a ten-story purple bell tower.

The cloud is constructed from holographic mylar strips that move with the breeze, shimmering as they catch the sunlight and providing Instagrammers with a month's worth of new material.

The bell tower is just one of the one of the many trademark postmodern, pastel coloured concrete blocks which is the park is renown for. Other unsual features include a walkway representing an earthquake fault line, a seasonal ice rink and, we are reliably informed, 'uncomfortable seating'. The term 'urban eyesore' is often associated with LA's concrete wonderland and it's slated for a much need redesign in 2019.

The project was undertaken by Poetic Kinetics, the same team that brought you the magnificent, giant insect installations seen at music festival Coachella - in tandem with AA Visiting School Los Angeles.


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A giant caterpiller hovers over the crowd at Coachella.

A giant caterpiller hovers over the crowd at Coachella.

If you're heading to LA you can see the installation through to August 1, which is bound to compete with the most instagrammed place in Los Angeles - the Infinity Room at The Broad contemporary art museum. At least you won't have to queue for this one.