If you would like to take in some whimsical art, make sure you visit “The Spheres at MacArthur Park” . The art installation was conceived by artist Ed Massey and his brother Bernie. It’s an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque, Honey-I-Shrunk-the-Kid’s-esque feast for the eyes and the imagination. Three thousand of these colorful, vinyl spheres will be tethered in different configurations through the third week in September. Enjoy a color infused picnic on the banks of the lake or take a canoe ride amidst the orbs. The display is a great opportunity for color-filled photos.
The idea for the project came about in 2008 and was supposed to be debuted in Europe but on a drive down Wilshire Boulevard, Massey saw the park and decided his idea would work well in Los Angeles.
The project which has been described as “technicolored dream-flakes” and “multicolored gumdrops” is part of the Massey brothers’ nonprofit Portraits of Hope Organization which develops art installations that work as creative therapy for children with disabilities or in the hospital.
Ten thousand volunteers, both adult and children took part in the project. It took months of constructing and painting, and five days of unloading and inflating piles of colorful plastic to install it on the lake. After the exhibit closes, the spheres will be donated to various schools.