Bowtie Project

LA River Interpretive Signage Program, Rosten Woo
Photo: Gina Clyne
LA River Interpretive Signage Program, Rosten Woo
Photo: Gina Clyne
LA River Interpretive Signage Program, Rosten Woo
Photo: Gina Clyne
LA River Interpretive Signage Program, Rosten Woo
Photo: Gina Clyne

LA River Interpretive Signage Program

Rosten Woo, 2014–2015

Over the length of the Bowtie Project, artist Rosten Woo created three signs featuring didactic explanatory texts and diagrams describing some of the ecological and governmental processes happening on the site of the Bowtie Project. These signs mimic the form of historical and natural interpretive signage that California State Parks uses. Woo’s project also incorporates a narrative walk, accessed by a call-in number, via bowtiewalk.org, or by using a physical booklet found on site.

The narrative walk leads viewers along the length of the Bowtie, identifying points of interest and speculation. The guides use the Bowtie’s landscape as a site for thinking about such topics as the aesthetics of power transmission, the politics of native landscape design, the chemistry of bitterness, and the economics of vapor infiltration.

These works will be installed throughout 2014 and 2015. Visitors can take the tour at any time.

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He makes things that help people understand complex systems, re-orient themselves to places, and participate in group decision-making. Most of what he makes is designed with a specific context and community in mind. Collaboration is his primary skill.

Bowtie Parcel Nature Walk

Site #1

Intro + Labeling the world

Site #2

A native landscape

Site #3

What is a river?

Site #4

Runes

Site #5

A non-native landscape

Site #6

Bitter mask

Site #7

Survivors

Site #8

The power line sublime

Site #9

Barriers

Site #10

More barriers