The Bowtie Project

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The Bowtie Project
2800 Casitas Ave. (apprx.)
Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Bowtie Project is a partnership between Clockshop and California State Parks to activate an 18-acre post-industrial lot known as the Bowtie, located along the LA River in Northeast Los Angeles. Since 2014, Clockshop has executed over 30 artist projects, performances, and events at the Bowtie, bringing significant numbers of new people to experience this overlooked piece of urban land.

The Bowtie was formerly the site of a Southern Pacific Railroad train yard and maintenance facility. The railroad closed the facility in 1985, and the structures were razed shortly after, although some concrete foundational relics remain on site. CA State Parks purchased the land in 2003 with plans to eventually develop the Bowtie as a public park and river greenway.

The Bowtie is located along the 7.5-mile Glendale-Narrows stretch of the LA River, which connects Los Feliz Boulevard with Figueroa Street. The Glendale-Narrows portion of the river is “soft-bottom,” meaning that it features a naturalized rather than a concrete bed. Many species of wildlife and plant life live in this portion of the river. The Bowtie and the surrounding areas will be an important component of LA River revitalization.


The Bowtie is public land, and can be visited at any time. There is a low steel gate blocking the site from vehicle traffic; please park to the right of the gate, leaving adequate clearance room for the gate to open, and enter the Bowtie on foot. You may also park in the surrounding neighborhoods. During Clockshop events, the gate is open and parking is available on site.

*Please note: the Bowtie has minimal amenities for visitors. There is no drinkable water, no seating, and very little shade. The site is approximately 3/4 mile from end to end, and includes two direct river access spots. Please be extremely cautious when visiting the Bowtie after rainfall.

Through an exclusive partnership formalized in 2015, Clockshop and CA State Parks will continue producing cultural programs at the Bowtie for the next several years.

The Bowtie Project is possible with the generous support of the California State Parks Foundation, Metropolitan Water District, National Park Service, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.