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.”
“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.