Giant Cornucopia-Shaped Things at Civic Center Park

Crews work through the night to weld together the 32,000-pound overlook structure before lowering it into Palisades Garden Walk.

The larger of two odd looking, albeit eye catching, steel structures that will serve as overlooks atop a hill at Santa Monica's Palisades Garden Walk was installed this week.

Weighing in at 32,000 pounds, the overlook was too big to be transported from the fabricator's steel yard to the park, so it was was delivered in six pieces to a nearby beach parking lot and welded together, according to Julie Silliman, who works in the city's community and cultural services department.

"It was transported Tuesday night to Ocean Avenue... [where] a crane operator expertly lifted it from a flatbed truck onto its base," Silliman said. "The patrons at Chez Jay’s had a great view. By dawn, the overlook was welded into place."

Park-goers who walk up "Observation Hill" and step into the overlooks—the larger of which measures 18 feet tall, 23 feet wide and 25 feet long—will be treated to ocean views.

More colorful versions that sort of resemble Easter eggs and that are designed to serve as play forts are already in place in a section of the park dubbed Discovery Hill. "Kids get smaller versions for play," Silliman said.

The six-acre Palisades Garden Walk was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the same team behind The High Line in New York City. It is one of two new parks under construction at the Civic Center.

Ground broke in the spring of 2012 and the park is scheduled to open by the end of this year.

For more on the parks under construction at the Civic Center:

Palisades Garden Walk Taking Shape [PHOTOS]

Ooh la la! City Hall Strips Down

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Brenda Barnes January 27, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I saw this driving late at night right after it went in and thought, "Aha--that's why these two stupid parks in front of City Hall cost $55 million." Just awful. "Strange-looking" doesn't begin to say how bad this is. Add out of scale. Add no relationship to the site. I'm sure there will be more when we learn more, like done by some unqualified Council crony, so not to be looked up to any more than the Wave on Wilshire ever has been. Someday it will have to be removed like the giant chair at the beach. And already we know it is there to make up for approving the Village at SM for other cronies without developers having to pay for enough green space. Oh my. These two parks at $55 million paid for by taxpayers instead of Expo or developers are also instead of being put in for nothing by volunteers as small cities like SM used to be able to do, or at most costing $5 million, not $55 million, as cities claiming to have fiscal difficulties the way SM claims when it feels like making us accept some more stupidity like charging tourists to use the library would force themselves to do. The Council has had too much time and has done too much damage already. People who did not vote for LUCE are all we should keep--McKeown, Winterer and Vasquez--and they only until they do something stupid like approving these two parks. We need people like Merkelians who have a plan to run SM without developer money. Out with these old losers, in with the new visionaries.
Brenda Barnes January 27, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Julie Silliman should be ashamed of herself getting paid $200,000 a year to destroy what little remains of the mid-Century City she claims to love. http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/the-mother-of-us-all-esther-mccoy.html We need to stop this while we still have anything left.
SantaMonicaNative April 04, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Drove by these things, got a good look since we were stuck in traffic (surprise!). These things are huge and ugly, really ugly! Another item to needlessly festoon the city. Why do we spend so much money on ugly junk when city whines poverty at every turn?


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