HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, along with the City’s Board of Public Works, Bureau of Street Lighting, and the Department of Transportation announced Thursday a call for artists to create designs for a light installation project that will improve pedestrian safety along a commercial corridor in the 13th District.

Project HiFi Highlight aims to install 54 bus stop lights in Historic Filipinotown along Temple Street, between Glendale Boulevard and Hoover Street. Many of the lights will also include a culturally representative decorative element. An informational session for artists will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m., at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), 3200 W. Temple St. LA, CA 90026.

“This streetlight and art installation will beautify one of the great commercial corridors in the 13th District,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “I am looking forward to seeing the designs for this creative placemaking project, which will instill a sense of community pride in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles.”

The goal of the $625,000 project is to improve safety for pedestrians and create a sense of place unique to the community. This project is a major component of the existing Historic Filipinotown Temple Street (Glendale to Hoover) Streetscape Masterplan and Guidelines. The plan was developed in 2004 by then Councilmember Eric Garcetti.

“It is a goal of the Masterplan that the street elements should speak to the Filipinotown history and culture,” said Commissioner Joel Jacinto, Board of Public Works. “Project HiFi Highlight is planned to be unveiled in October 2016, just in time for Filipino American History Month.”

Artists must submit renderings of design elements which will be used on sidewalk lighting fixtures along Temple St. in Historic Filipinotown. Designs must exhibit features of the Filipino culture and artists must submit three designs, one for each concept listed below:

1)“Kapwa” or Solidaridad”--Shared humanity, togetherness
2) “Lakbay or Jornada”--Travel, mobility, journey
3) “Kapayapaan or Armonia”--Peace, harmony

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, at 5 p.m. To access the full Call for Artist document, please click here.

If you have any further questions, please email Regine Osorio at regine.osorio@lacity.org.

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