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Skate Culture Meets Museum Culture at A+D Thursday!

Come In! 2: SURF.SKATE.BIKE. Architecture and Design Museum 6032 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles Through July 24 Tomorrow night LA's A+D Museum will host a wild reception for Come In! 2: SURF.SKATE.BIKE. It's a collaborative exhibit featuring site-specific works from 19 of the city’s young designers. The show, which continues through July 24, fuses architecture, graphic design, illustration and other multidisciplinary art forms into a project that is part art-installation-in-action, part party and part interactive experience. The entire museum is fair game as the designers take over the galleries, offices, storage closets, bathrooms. If you happened to stop by the museum over the last few weeks, you probably got to see the artists at work. Last week, the guys from Electroland were spray-painting pieces of their virtual skate park installation, which will incorporate a symphony of skateboarding sounds coupled with “smart lights” that mimic the motion of skaters. We also caught a glimpse of the DTA Posse team fine-tuning their sticker-covered vignette and of multimedia artists Eder Cetina and Victor Solomon setting-up their foam core skate ramp. Heyday Partnership is creating an interactive piece using old school exercise bikes in which visitors can create their own wall art. Other participants include Aguiniga Design, Andrew Lewicki, The Art Dump, Ashkahn Shahparnia, Axis, Conart, Creatures of Comfort, DKNG Studios, Shannon O’Connor / Girls Drawing Girls, H.I. Design, Eric McHenry / INSIGHT, Maker USA, Patrick O’Dell and Push Offices. The reception, otherwise known as THE PARTY, will include the L.A. Derby Dolls roller derby team, a real skate park, hands-on screen-printing and live music by Health and Beauty. More glimpses of the in-progress exhibition below.
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Metal Flower Blossoms In Downtown LA

From our friends at Culver City Patch we've found a video about David and Brian Hurley, a father-son welding team called Aero Welding that helped put together LA design firm Electroland's new Metallotus. It's a 30-foot-long, 1,400 pound stainless steel lotus flower  suspended 30 feet above the courtyard of the Medallion project in Downtown LA. The lotus (a symbol of downtown's rebirth), supported by several steel cables, changes color and intensity at night thanks to programmed LED lights in the corners of the courtyard. It's nice to see the sweat equity that goes into this kind of work. It took the Hurleys a number of weeks to complete the project—a combination of stainless steel tubes and stainless steel mesh— achieving details, curvatures, and joints that Electroland principal Cameron McNall describes as "beautiful."  And speaking of sweat equity, putting together something that "fell outside of any category," as McNall puts it, was also a hurculean task. For one, the firm had to get 26 different city signoffs. And after modeling the flower first with wire, and then in Rhino, they had to get a diverse team of people (including a hanging team from St. Elmos Fire Rigging) to work together. "There was some tension," explained McNall. But in the end it all worked out. "This is our dream. To create public art that breathes life into a social space and into a city."