Playground for Mammoths

SelgasCano’s 2015 Serpentine Pavilion will land in L.A. this summer

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The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano in its original London home (Iwan Baan/Serpentine Gallery)
The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano in its original London home (Iwan Baan/Serpentine Gallery)

The ethereal, colored fabric tunnels of 2015’s Serpentine Pavilion will arrive at Los Angeles’s La Brea Tar Pits this summer.

From June 28 to November 24, the public can wander through the repurposed pavilion courtesy of a collaboration between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) and London company Second Home.

The installation, designed by the Spanish studio SelgasCano, will be transformed into a multi-purpose space that will host events at the intersection of art and science. Public talks and film screenings, including a series from streaming service MUBI, as well as other free events curated by Second Home and NHMLAC will be held regularly at the pavilion.

Bringing the double-skinned, 866-square-foot playscape to the park adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits will precede the opening of the Second Home Hollywood office space later this year. This will be the first time that a Serpentine Pavilion will be displayed in the United States, and the installation won’t leave L.A.

Photo of a large, multicolored pavilion on an open lawn at night

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion at night. The tubular, polygonal structure has multiple entry and exit points, and each segment filters light differently. (Iwan Baan/Serpentine Gallery)

The pavilion will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and will be free to enter.

Second Home Hollywood, also designed by SelgasCano, will introduce a sprawling 90,000-square-foot urban campus to L.A. once complete, and the company expects to host up to 250 organizations in the new workspaces. A restaurant, book store, auditorium, and other event spaces across the development will be open to the public.

Once Serpentine pavilions finish their tenure at the Serpentine Gallery in London, they tend to be sold off and often travel the world. BIG’s 2016 installation, Unzipped, toured Canada courtesy of developer Westbank last year, and more recently, Frida Escobedo’s 2018 pavilion was sold to a green spa company.

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