Why Are There Faux Stone Retaining Walls Along One Bit of the 405?

The freeway gets fancy

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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