First we heard that CicLAvia was passing through the 2nd Street Tunnel for the first time. Then, we realized that we haven’t yet done a Public Space Singalong this year. So how could we pass up the chance to return to the site of the first PSS and serenade passing cyclists and pedestrians with songs about walking and biking?
Please join us on Sunday, October 5th in the 2nd Street Tunnel — we’ll have singing sessions from noon-12:30pm AND 1-1:30pm, so feel free to participate in part or all of one or both! You can enter the tunnel from Hill on the east side, and Figueroa on the west side. We should be pretty easy to find — we’ll be the ones with guitars, violins and accordions.
It was two years ago today that an intrepid group of musicians and singers walked into the Second Street Tunnel to serenade passing cars and bicyclists with songs about outer space.
In celebration, we’re posting a video from KCET’s Artbound on last year’s PSS under the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign.
(The embedded player is a bit finicky, in Chrome most especially, so if you’re having trouble loading it you can view it on Artbound’s site here.)
This hour-long special covered several of the projects that Machine Project produced for its Field Guide to LA Architecture, as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. You can see Bennett and I chatting about the project at 51:30 or so, as well as the video that Machine Project produced about the event last year that was posted on this very blog a few months ago (oh, and Artbound’s credits rolling while we sing “Sweet Caroline”).
Stay tuned for information on what we have cooking for 2014!
Public Space Singalong founder and HaFoSaFo Chorus co-organizer chat on Artbound in moody black and white!
We’re excited to announce what is now officially the second annual Public Space Singalong! This time, we’ll be celebrating the dual nature of both existence and Los Angeles’ favorite anthropomorphic feet at the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign on Sunset Boulevard, on the Silver Lake/Echo Park border.
We’re again collaborating with Machine Project, this time as part of their Field Guide to LA Architecture for the Getty PST initiative. At 7pm this Sunday, we’ll meet at Machine (1200 D North Alvarado Street just north of Sunset, Echo Park, LA 90026) and then process together down Sunset Boulevard to the base of the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign. There we’ll join together in a singalong that will oscillate between happy and sad songs. As always, songbooks will be provided, and the tone-deaf and singing-phobic are welcome (though singing is heartily encouraged)!
If you want to receive a songbook and playlist to familiarize yourself with the songs before the event, just email email@example.com with the subject line [I’m ready for an emotional roller coaster ride]. More on the event is here and here.
The singalong also serves as the official launch of www.sunsetfootclinicsign.com, Bennett Williamson’s website that presents a faithfully recreated 3-D animation of the local icon. This single-serving website provides fate-prediction services for users outside of the greater Echo Park / Silverlake area. It also serves as a kind of digital life insurance for the populist landmark, spinning in perpetuity for the many chintzy vernacular L.A. landmarks and signage that have fallen victim to the developer’s bulldozer.
I just realized I forgot to post the article that was written about last year’s Public Space Singalong on the excellent KCET Departures blog! Check it out here.
In other news, we’re gearing up for what looks like it might be an annual event — the second ever PSS is in the works for next month. We’ll announce more here soon but, in the meantime, tell us what your favorite happy songs and sad songs are!