1986 Water: WET Architect: Welton Becket Photography, Ira Kahn The Los Angeles Music Center is the location for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Central theater Group, Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Down town complex includes the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and the newly renovated Ahmanson Theater designed by Welton Becket. Located in the center's plaza between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum is a water feature designed to celebrate the vibrancy of the city’s performing arts. The music center is host to events that attract large numbers of visitors, overreaching the plaza’s physical capacity. A 75 foot square open pool, that overtook much of the plaza area, was converted into a flexible, multi functioning space, by covering the pool with pedestrian pavers. Four masses composed of vertical water columns and light, emit vertically from openings in the surface. The water can be turned off, recovering the plaza for other activities. Another objective was to create a work that would celebrate the sculpture, by Jacques Lipchitz, that is centered in the plaza. This work titled Peace On Earth, was dedicated in May of 1968 as a gift to the people of Los Angeles. When active, hundreds of choreographed, kinetic water columns surround the sculpture. After dark, when the center is most active, white light saturates the water, resulting in a vibrant evening event.
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