Los Angeles State Historic Park – Bio Art

Cornfield Bio ArtBio Art – Los Angeles State Historic Park (The Cornfield), Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Copyright 2010 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

One of the broadest and most diverse alliances ever formed behind any issue in Los Angeles stopped the building of warehouses to create a state park in the 32-acre Cornfield, a site of remarkable social, historical, and cultural significance to all Angelenos and the last vast open space in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times called the Cornfield a “heroic monument” and a “symbol of hope.”

The Cornfield, an abandoned rail yard for over 12 years, is located near downtown between Chinatown on the west and the River on the east, within walking distance of City Hall, and just down the hill from Dodger Stadium. A few blocks south is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Spanish birthplace of the City, lined with historic buildings. The Native American village of Yanga lay nearby. The William Mead Homes, one of the first public housing projects in Los Angeles, is located directly east of the Cornfield. Little Tokyo lies further south.

If you visit the Cornfield,  don’t expect to see this example of bio-art (tree limbs wrapped in plastic wrap, supported by cement bags). This amazing park transmogrifies into something completely different every 3-4 months. I was just beginning to earn the trust of the goats and chickens and now they’re gone!

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Nikon MC-20 electronic shutter release, exposure: f/16, 500/sec., ISO 320, exposure index: 0, tripod: Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, bike: white GT Avalanche 2.0

The Cornfield Then and Now
  Cirque Berserk – Los Angeles State Historic Park

6 thoughts on “Los Angeles State Historic Park – Bio Art

    • It was quite a struggle, but indeed, it is now a park, and a state park at that. Luckily the determination of the local residents prevailed over the city, averting plans for an industrial park. Thanks for stopping by, Katie.



  1. So, I’ve always wondered, how do you go about earning a goat’s trust? Does it involve bribery? Did you ever worry about staring at one too intensely and stopping its heart? What’s the deal with goats anyway?

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    • Answer to1st question: Oh no, I’m not going there! 🙂
      Answer to 2nd question: Well, yeah. Anything edible…..or non edible for that matter.
      Answer to 3rd question: Funny you should ask. I was thinking they might fall over and feign death, and I would have a real heart attack!
      Answer to 4th question: I’m thinking cheese.

      Thanks for tuning in, my brotha’.

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  2. “Lezlie Sokol” Painted Cloud Gallery: Thanks for liking my image “Los Angeles State Historic Park – Bio Art” The park in the throes of upheaval once again. Giant earth movers are at work, the earth laid bare, and I fear it will turn into the next Disneyland. So much for the chickens, goats, and sunflowers!

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