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El Cariso Community Regional Park General Park Improvements

Stephen Glassman and Ball-Nogues Studio
San Fernando Valley
El Cariso Regional Park
13100 Hubbard Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
Parks & Recreation

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Project Description

The 79-acre El Cariso Community Regional Park was acquired from unimproved state property in 1974, and includes a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic tables, playgrounds, baseball fields, and a new gymnasium and community center that was completed in fall 2012.  Over the last few years, the park has undergone renovations to increase programming capabilities and enhance green space. The current renovation phase includes the construction of two artificial turf soccer fields, spectator seating, walkways, restrooms, landscaping and construction of a universal play area. The artwork will consider the vast offerings at the park and reflect the history and diversity of the local community.

Artist Steven Glassman and artist team Ball-Nogues Studio will create two, permanent outdoor sculptures for El Cariso Regional Park in Sylmar. They were asked to consider the unique spirit and diversity of the Sylmar community, support and enhance the park user experience and contribute to the development of a meaningful civic space in the creation of their proposals.  Both artworks will utilize natural and man made materials to create participatory, interactive experiences. 

About the Artist

Stephen Glassman creates sculptures and public spaces that cross the territories of art, architecture, landscape, and engineering. Dedicated to communities and the environment, Glassman has completed projects for numerous public agencies including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, West Hollywood, San Diego, Seattle and New York City. 

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues of Los Angeles based Ball-Nogues Studio, began their practice together after having met as Sci-Arc undergraduates. Prior to partnering in business, Benjamin Ball worked for several Los Angeles architecture firms including Gehry & Associates and Ramer Architecture, and Gaston Nogues worked as a product designer for Gehry Partners. As a Studio, Ball and Nogues have completed designs and installations for the New York Museum of Modern Art / P.S. 1, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and Materials & Applications. In the fall of 2008, they were invited to install their artwork, Echoes Converge, at the 2008 Architecture Biennial in Venice, Italy.