Land & Water Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Tongva, Tataviam, Serrano, Kizh, and Chumash Peoples. We honor and pay respect to their elders and descendants — past, present, and emerging — as they continue their stewardship of these lands and waters, including Paayme Paxaayt (pronounced Pi-mé pa-height) (the Los Angeles River).
Paayme Paxaayt has been central to the lives of the Tongva people for centuries. Today, Paayme Paxaayt is still an important part of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. We are grateful to the Tongva people for sharing this river with us, and we recognize that they have a leading voice in its future.
The Tongva people continue to express a close relationship with the land through contemporary cultural, spiritual, and medicinal practices, as well as through climate activism. We are committed to working with them to ensure that Paayme Paxaayt is protected and restored for future generations.
21.X River Miles: Reimagining the Connection Between the Arts District and the LA River
The downtown train yard has long been a barrier that disconnects the Arts District from the LA River, impeding the flow of people, culture, and nature. STAAY, commissioned by LARABA, has proposed a public art project that utilizing mixed reality as a media to bridge this disconnect and foster a renewed connection with the river.
This project will bring to life a series of River Portals (location-based AR installations) throughout the Arts District and within local businesses. Transforming mundane urban elements into mesmerizing portals to the LA River, embedding every street corner, signpost, and storefront with a narrative that pulls the community closer to the river. Interweaving art, technology, storytelling, and nature, 21.X River Miles evokes a sense of wonder, curiosity, and connection to the river, encouraging the community to rediscover and cherish this valuable resource.
BridegFest, August 5th, 2023, 6th Street Viaduct
The first phase of the project is set to launch at BridgeFest 2023 this week on August 5th, from 1-9 PM. We'll be installing 4 River Portals on the iconic 6th St Bridge, offering thousands of visitors an interactive experience with the LA River, 6th St Viaduct, and the newly inaugurated 6th St Viaduct Park.
Santa Fe Ave & 6th St Viaduct Park
LA River & 6th St Viaduct
August - September, 2023, Arts District
Throughout August and September, the river's journey through the Arts District will continue with the help of local businesses, They will host the River Portals in their storefronts and outdoor dining areas, keeping the river's presence alive and flowing in our community:
584 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
300 S Santa Fe Ave Q, Los Angeles, CA 90013
923 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013