Public Storage

LOS ANGELES, CA

A community spearheaded remediation of a new, vastly oversized self-storage facility at a major vehicular gateway into the community.

Charged to mitigate the apparent mass of the structure, from the street and from the hills above, 90,000 square feet of painted mural, tile mosaic, and sculptural steel trellis work were deployed. The mural is an abstraction of the hills, the fields and the changing sky. Playing off the panelized tilt-up structure and its expansive roof, it evokes a view that was obliterated by the new facility. The result visually fragments the mass of the building, bringing it down to scale. It effectively erased an eyesore and returned, albeit symbolically, a view that was taken away.

PHOTOS: Deborah Bird, Marino Pascal