Mel Chin at LACMA

LACMA is one of the sites for Mel Chin’s land art project The TIE that BINDS: MIRROR of the FUTURE, which is part of the new public art biennial CURRENT: LA Water. Chin’s project begins at the Bowtie, a parcel of land in Atwater Village near the Los Angeles River, where “mirror makers” guide visitors through eight unique, drought-resistant sample gardens created by the artist for the site. Visitors can commit to creating a mirror of a sample garden in their own yard, and receive a blueprint for one of the eight sample gardens, the list of plants needed, and instructions on how to plant, establish, and maintain their mirror garden. There are 512 opportunities to commit to creating a mirror site, available on a first-come, first-serve, first-commit basis to interested visitors at Chin’s Field Office located at the Bowtie. What begins at the Bowtie will live and thrive through 512 newly planted gardens in green spaces all over the city—including the mirror garden planted near the Pritzker Parking Garage on LACMA’s campus—and reflect a future, drought-resistant, collective landscape for L.A.



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm
Friday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10 am–7 pm

Closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Start Date

July 29, 2016

End Date

August 16, 2016


11:00 AM - 05:00 PM


5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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