white tail plaza, los angeles, 2008
aluminium, steel, stone, cement, landscape, light
The recently completed, 4000 sq ft “White Tail Plaza” generates landmark identity, shade, seating and a value added amenity for the Los Angeles Warner Center Campus. Inspired by the White Tailed Kite - a native bird that still inhabits the area, the site was once riparian grassland. Two rock “islands” feature integrated seating and views of an indigenous grassland. A canopy of steel organically emerges and unwinds toward the sky, dissolving into a flock of birds. Come twilight the rock islands glow from within to become the plaza’s illumination.
“… In ‘Whitetail Plaza,’ Glassman dazzles in slo-mo with two islands that glow from within as the sun goes down, arched steel reminiscent of bird flight or the gentle waving of grasses that once spilled over the banks of the nearby Los Angeles River to merge with the land of Warner Center itself - the sum effect being one of transcendence and reminiscence … “
David Cotner LA Weekly June 11, 2009