The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has partnered with Portraits of Hope (POH) to create a mural designed by local youth POH participants. POH is a nonprofit founded with the purpose of providing creative therapy for hospitalized children. With geometric shapes as the core design element of the project, the mural, "Shaping LA" is representative of the future of the city as told by the work of tomorrow's leaders.
Thirteen years ago, POH came to LACC with the idea of using the building as a large-scale canvas, and in 2018, they presented the Shaping LA concept to the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development.
"The LACC was the perfect space for a project of this size and scope. POH is a great partner for the LACC because their work celebrates community and creativity," says Michelle Riehle-Ludtke, marketing & community relations specialist for LACC. "It uniquely brings together individuals and groups from all over Los Angeles as participants and showcases their work in one of the most highly trafficked areas in Los Angeles."
The mural was installed in March and will be up for approximately six months, and though a replacement has not yet been determined, it will have some large shoes to fill.
"[Shaping LA] represents the unified Los Angeles community and also the creativity of our great city," Riehle-Ludtke says. "The reactions have been incredibly positive. We've received many comments about the bright shapes and colors and how it draws your attention to a place your eye hasn't been drawn to before."