That part of the busiest freeway in L.A. has some arty neighbors. The state legislature had Metro assemble a Visual Quality Management Advisory Team with members from the Getty, UCLA, and Skirball Cultural Center before approving the freeway’s recent expansion.
The group came up with a naturalistic “Mimic Rock Finish,” created by sinking rebar into the hill and spraying it with shotcrete. Artisans sculpted outcroppings and ledges before applying stains, highlights, and anti-graffiti tonic. (A similar approach was taken along the 10 in Pomona.)
Oh, and they also made it extra difficult to climb, just in case stranded commuters go stir-crazy.
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