Sense of Place by Jose Dávila is a multi-site, large-scale, public sculpture exhibition migrating through and integrating into the diverse urban landscape of Los Angeles to draw a kind of portrait of the city’s many experiences, geographies and histories. Sense of Place was derived from Davila’s Joint Effort sculpture series which expands the concepts of balance and equilibrium using basic construction materials such as concrete blocks and stones.
In continuation of this exploration, Sense of Place consists of an eight-foot square cube sculpture comprised of 40 individual concrete conjunctional forms. Initially installed in West Hollywood Park, over the course of nine months the sculpture will slowly disassemble its various pieces, migrating to far-reaching locales of the city such as landmarks, significant architectural sites, community hubs, shopping malls, bus stops, etc., taking on different functional forms at each location. In this sense the pieces become a social platform promoting interaction with the public, who will ultimately decide on the final function of the artwork.
Sense of Place is built in six layers and will transition in three movements, positioning the modular pieces in their temporary surroundings for a period of two to six months. In its final iteration, the sculpture will return to its original whole cube re-installed at West Hollywood Park holding its travel histories in its reunited form. Treating the entire city as an exhibition space is a gesture that will both expand and enrich the Los Angeles cultural community, and bring art to new audiences.
Commissioned by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Sense of Place in Davila’s largest public undertaking to date and his first major exhibition in Los Angeles.
Total of pieces: 40
Total of venues: 20
Cube size: 240 x 240 x 240 cm (94.49” x 94.49” x 94.49”)
GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) PREMIX cast enriches with an alkali resistant fiberglass with lift anchors for easier assembly and movement.
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Production company: Grupo NAPRESA, SA de CV