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September 18, 2016

Upcoming Event: September 25 - A Conversation with Mel Chin at Otis College of Art and Design

Forum, Otis Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hear directly from artist Mel Chin and meet the team who will be assisting with The Tie that Binds follow through this fall. This event is co-sponsored by the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Public Practice program and the USC Roski School of Art and Design in partnership with California Polytechnic University, Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture.

Click here to visit the Eventbrite page for more information.

August 15, 2016

Field Office Closes.... and the Tie that Binds is still just beginning!

August 14 saw the closing of CURRENT:LA and the Tie that Binds Field Office at Bowite, but the project continues.  Our field crew is continuing to distribute blueprints by hand and we are working on an online ordering system.  If you’d like to receive a blueprint, or learn more about receiving one, please share your contact info here and we will follow up shortly!

August 13th, “Take Me to the River” Celebration of The Tie that Binds, 5pm-sunset

Bowtie Project, 2780 W. Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Celebrate The Tie that Binds at the Bowtie Project a naturalized stretch of the LA River and a future state park. Tour the site with artist Mel Chin to see 8 native plant model gardens. Receive your artist-designed blueprint and bring the Biennial to your own yard. Enjoy refreshments, tastings, live music and more!

All are welcome, please RSVP here.

August 4, 2016

August 7th, Meet and Greet: Mel Chin at LACMA, 3-5pm

Resnick Lawn, LACMA Campus, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Come see the LACMA garden and hear artist Mel Chin talk about The TIE that BINDS.  Find out how you can receive a blueprint, grow a garden in your own yard and join this city-wide, collaborative project and save water for Los Angeles.


Plot 15-O planted at Bowtie Project


Plot 15-O planted at LACMA

August 2, 2016

Mirror Garden installed at LACMA!

LACMA is a now a site for the The TIE that BINDS: MIRROR of the FUTURE. The new garden near the Pritzker Parking Garage on LACMA’s is a “mirror” of one of eight drought-resistant demonstration gardens created by Chin at the Bowtie Project.  Additional Mirror Gardens have been planted throughout the city including a site at Occidental College in Eagle Rock and homes in South LA, Brentwood, Porter Ranch, Sun Valley and Boyle Heights.

July 21, 2016

"Why Mel Chin is giving away the land art design of his subversively charming Current: LA native garden"

LA Times’ Caroline Miranda reflects on her visit to the Bowtie Project and Mel Chin’s vision for the future, in the context of the CURRENT:LA Water Public Art Biennial. See the full article here.

July 17, 2016

Public program with Mel Chin: Mel in the Field to Field Questions

Sunday, July 17
7:30pm at The Tie that Binds Field Office

Hosted by DCA

A conversation with artist Mel Chin about The Tie that Binds: Mirror of the Future with CURRENT curatorial advisor Marc Pally and CURRENT curator Karen Moss.


Team of MirrorMakers at the Field Office on opening day

July 16, 2016

The Field Office is open!

The Tie that Binds Field Office is officially open for the run of CURRENT:LA Water.  A team of MirrorMakers will be on hand during open hours to share information about the project, encourage exploration of the Bowtie site and model gardens and help the public sign on to implement their own Mirror Gardens this fall.

The Tie that Binds: Mirror of the Future is commissioned by Department of Cultural Affairs for Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial 2016.  CURRNT:LA is made possible by the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of Los Angeles, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

The Tie that Binds: Mirror of the Future is produced by Mel Chin in partnership with California State Parks, The Bowtie Project, Clockshop, Otis College of Art and Design MFA Public Practice, and Cal Poly Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture.  Gardens installed by Pierre Landscape. All plants for Bowtie and the initial mirror gardens generously provided by Village Nurseries.  Additional project partners and supporters listed here.

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