Art at Runway Playa Vista

An immense and iconic sculpture, Enagua, by Ned Kahn, a prominent California artist recognized for his public artwork inspired by natural phenomena, is the centerpiece of Runway’s outstanding art collection that includes vast colorful murals by a diverse group of prominent local and international artists CASE, DourOne and Cyrcle.

A 68-foot lantern‐shaped sculpture with a steel mesh exterior, Enagua is named for a Latin American garment that provides billowing volume to dresses. The ribbed plastic chainmail structure moves with the ocean breeze, suggestive of a piece of cloth rippling in the wind. It was created in collaboration with Runway architect Scott Johnson with an intent to seamlessly merge art and architecture.

The centrally located Enagua anchors diverse murals, each reflecting a thematic element of Playa Vista— urban life, aviation, wildlife and creativity. While each piece has a distinctive aesthetic style, all incorporate the geometric nature of their urban canvases, drawing inspiration from Runway’s unique architectural design.

“The confluence of science and art has fascinated me throughout my career. For the last twenty years, I have developed a body of work inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy and fluid motion. I strive to create artworks that enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. I am less interested in creating an alternative reality than I am in capturing, through my art, the mysteriousness of the world around us.
My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand and light to create complex and continually changing systems. Many of these works can be seen as “observatories” in that they frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. I am intrigued with the way patterns can emerge when things flow. These patterns are not static objects, they are patterns of behavior – recurring themes in nature.”

Ned Kahn

 

“EXTINCIÓN” BY DOURONE

Colorful murals by Spanish street artist DourOne are splashed across the 51 x 30 foot expanse of the back wall of the parking structure and along an adjacent stairway wall, a commentary on the balance of the environment and growth within a bustling city. In the vertical piece, a dense cityscape surrounding a brightly colored tree emanates color onto nearby buildings, reflecting the artist team’s well-recognized monochromatic style. Similarly, the horizontal painting places a green tree into the middle of a city landscape, reflecting Playa Vista’s commitment to preserving nature and open space in an urban setting.

 

Parking

Local Los Angeles street artist CS-Navarrete transformed the gray concrete walls of the parking garage interior into a vibrant, contemporary space. Two, 68 x 58 foot murals by German street artist CASE now line the parking structure’s entrance and exit ramps, depicting hands walking up and down the inclines as a symbol of development and progress. At the end of the entrance ramp, two hands cradle a paper airplane in homage to Howard Hughes, the celebrated aviator whose aerospace empire was established on the property. It is also a nod to Playa Vista’s growing reputation as a hub of innovation.

Local Los Angeles street artist CS-Navarrete transformed the gray concrete walls of the parking garage interior into a vibrant, contemporary space. Two, 68 x 58 foot murals by German street artist CASE now line the parking structure’s entrance and exit ramps, depicting hands walking up and down the inclines as a symbol of development and progress. At the end of the entrance ramp, two hands cradle a paper airplane in homage to Howard Hughes, the celebrated aviator whose aerospace empire was established on the property. It is also a nod to Playa Vista’s growing reputation as a hub of innovation.

 

CYRCLE

Near the entrance to the Cinemark Theater are three pieces designed by L.A. art duo Cyrcle. Alluding to the immersive experience of a captivating movie, the murals blur the line between reality and fiction. Large astronauts hover above the corridor, and a black and white face looks up into space, where bold, graphic text proclaims “NOTHING EXISTS!”

Near the entrance to the Cinemark Theater are three pieces designed by L.A. art duo Cyrcle. Alluding to the immersive experience of a captivating movie, the murals blur the line between reality and fiction. Large astronauts hover above the corridor, and a black and white face looks up into space, where bold, graphic text proclaims “NOTHING EXISTS!”

 

DANIEL BIRMES

Daniel Bilmes’ lifelike cranes adorn the walls of the entrance plaza and Whole Foods and evoke the tranquility of the nearby riparian corridor and freshwater marsh. The artist’s use of metallic tones gives the piece a regal quality, while maintaining the realistic style that is a hallmark of his work.

Daniel Bilmes’ lifelike cranes adorn the walls of the entrance plaza and Whole Foods and evoke the tranquility of the nearby riparian corridor and freshwater marsh. The artist’s use of metallic tones gives the piece a regal quality, while maintaining the realistic style that is a hallmark of his work.